Happy 2012 to all Edinburgh Classics Students! For the first post of the new year, a couple of nice shots taken in the National Museum of Scotland (the one a stone's throw away from campus!) have been sent in by a senior PhD candidate.
OK, so this post is a little late, since the exhibit opened on 16th September, but this may be of interest to some of you after the recent research seminar on the extent of the limites across the Roman empire.
The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow has recently opened a new, permanent exhibition comprising of artefacts taken from excavations from around the area of Scotland's own limes, the Antonine Wall.
Part of the museum's press-release:
This gallery explores the biography of one of the most important monuments of Roman Britain. The richly sculptured distance slabs of the Antonine Wall are unique to the frontiers of the Roman Empire.
Through The Hunterian’s rich collections the gallery investigates four key themes: The building of the Wall – its architecture and impact on the landscape; the role of the Roman army on the frontier - the life and lifestyle of its soldiers; the cultural interaction between Roman and indigenous peoples, and evidence for local resistance; and the abandonment of the Wall and the story of its rediscovery over the last 350 years.
'The Antonine Wall: Rome’s Final Frontier' also reflects the story of over three centuries of collecting and research by the University of Glasgow on the World Heritage Site.
The display is situated in the entrance gallery of the museum.
If any of you happen to go, please do let us know what it's like!
The website for the Hunterian can be found here:
A bit of local news. After three years of refurbishment and redevelopment, the National Museum of Scotland enjoyed its grand re-opening today. Around two-thousand people gathered in Chambers Street for the opening ceremony, six-thousand had passed through the doors within the first hour, the museum estimating that more than an impressive 20,000 visited today.
The new museum boasts a wealth of new features to help people get to all areas of the building as well as a thorough re-structure of many of the spaces around the breathtaking Grand Gallery. There are over 20,000 items on show, with a reported 80% of these being displayed for the first time in generations.
With all the visitors today, it was quite difficult to get around all of the various galleries, but the layout is very impressive! Well worth a visit!
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