Obscurum - Lux: See Segedunum in a different light

A modern interpretation of the importance of light and colour in the Roman world

The gold store by candlelight

Dates

22 January 2022 - 29 January 2022

Visitor informaton

Admission charges:

Kids under 16 always go free
NE28 residents go free
Adults: £5.95*
Concessions: £3.95*

*Price includes a voluntary £1 donation 


Please be aware that some of the installations involve flickering lights.


About

The Roman Gallery at Segedunum is divided into a number of rooms looking at different buildings within the fort. This art installation is an interpretation in light of these buildings. So while there is the chance to see how some finds might have looked by the light of a candle, or to see the barrack by the light of an open fire, there is also the opportunity to see light and colour used in different ways to illustrate the roles of the headquarters, the hospital and the commanding officer’s house. The installation looks at the gold stored in the strong-room, the red flames of fires burning on altars, the white light of the stars and the use of purple as a symbol of power.

This is the first time that the Roman Gallery has been displayed in this way. It will not be possible to see all the finds in the cases as this is seeing the buildings at twilight when the only light available to the Romans came from candles and lamps. Instead, this modern interpretation of the importance of light and colour in the Roman world is an opportunity to see the gallery and finds in a new and very different light.