Obscurum - Lux: See Segedunum in a different light
A modern interpretation of the importance of light and colour in the Roman world
Until 29 January 2022 (historic exhibition)
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.