Building the Wall

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Exhibition exploring who built Hadrian's Wall and how

Watercolour entitled 'Building the Wall', by the artist Ronald Embleton, showing various soldiers buildings Hadrian's Wall, being overlooked by the officers.


Until Saturday 1 October

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Opening hours:

10am - 5pm, daily

Normal admission charges apply

Image credit: Watercolour 'Building the Wall' by Ronald Embleton, copyright Frank Graham 

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About the Exhibition

This exhibition will explore who built Hadrian’s Wall and how, and consider the substantial practical and logistical challenges involved. It will also focus on the revealing evidence from the impressive 80 metre stretch of Wall remains at Segedunum.

In AD122, Emperor Hadrian visited Britain and ordered a wall to be built. This exhibition explores how this command was actually carried out on the ground.

It looks at questions such as: where did they get the stone? What tools did they use? How did they transport everything? How did they deal with the rivers and streams that needed to be crossed?

Many details of the design of the Wall varied over its great length. This exhibition mainly looks at the section of Wall between Wallsend and the original end of the Wall in Newcastle. It includes ground-breaking new research from the excavation of the section of Wall just outside the fort at Wallsend, including how water was supplied to the fort and bath-house, and the original appearance of the fort’s west gate. 

This exhibition is part of the Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival, a year-long event celebrating 1900 years since the building of the Wall.