Hadrian’s Wall to highlight role of Roman cavalry

Hadrian’s Wall sites will host a major cavalry exhibition next year, along with the world’s largest-ever re-enactment of Roman cavalry battles.

Called Hadrian’s Cavalry (April 8-10 September 10, 2017), the exhibition at 10 museums will explore the lives of elite Roman cavalry regiments, with displays of finely decorated objects, many on loan from other museums and private collections.

The highlight of the re-enactment programme will be the two-day ‘Turma’ show in Carlisle (July 1-2) which will bring together a 30-strong troop of Roman cavalry, performing the training exercises described by Hadrian himself.

Other re-enactment events will be staged at various locations along the 150 miles of Hadrian’s Wall.

One of England’s most famous historic attractions, the Unesco World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire for nearly 400 years.

Venues taking part in Hadrian’s Cavalry include Housesteads Roman Fort and Roman Vindolanda – home of the Vindolanda Writing Tablets and one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites.

Also involved will be Birdoswald Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum, Corbridge Roman Town and Chesters Roman Fort.