Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Eleven sites across Hadrian's Wall Country will stage an exhibition featuring 11 prints and photographs from the National Portrait Gallery this autumn.

'Wall Face: Portraits of people who revealed Hadrian's Wall' is being organised jointly through a partnership of heritage organisations across the Wall - Vindolanda Trust, English Heritage, National Trust, Senhouse Museum Trust, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust and the Hadrian's Wall Trust.

Nigel Mills, the exhibition project director for the Hadrian's Wall Trust said: "We're celebrating the pioneering archaeologists and antiquarians who recorded, protected and promoted understanding of the Hadrian's Wall frontier.

"Each portrait will be displayed with the life story and achievements of the individual at the site, or sites, associated with their important work. 

"Without these people much of what we see now would have been lost. Their characters, activities and achievements have earned them each a place in the archaeology 'hall of fame'.

"Archaeologists today use different methods to investigate and conserve sites across the Wall but still refer to their work.

"With this exhibition we're aiming to encourage people to visit the 11 main sites and museums across the 150 mile Roman frontier zone, which all have something different to offer.  The more sites you visit, the more you find out."

The exhibition and accompanying information leaflet, mobile app, talks and events at the sites are being funded by a £124,000 grant from Arts Council England through its Renaissance strategic support programme.

Jane Tarr, Director North, Arts Council England said: "I'm delighted that the Arts Council is supporting this project through our Renaissance strategic support programme, particularly as it is the first time that all the museums and heritage sites across the Wall have collaborated in this way.

"It is an excellent opportunity for visitors and people living along the Wall to view art from the National Portrait Gallery as well as enjoying local exhibitions and engaging with the learning programme."

Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, said: "We are delighted that a selection of the National Portrait Gallery's collection of portraits of archaeologists and antiquarians will be displayed at some of the very sites with which their pioneering work was associated. We are grateful to the Hadrian's Wall Trust, Arts Council England and all the partner organisations for helping to make this happen."   

Each of the sites, listed east to west, will feature one of the pioneering archaeologists and antiquarians from 21 August to 9 November:

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, South Shields – Sir Mortimer Wheeler (1890 – 1976)
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend – John Hodgson (1779 - 1845)
Great North Museum, Newcastle – John Leland (1503 – c1552)
Corbridge Roman Town – Sir Ian Richmond (1902 - 1965)
Chesters Roman Fort – Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (1857 - 1934)
Housesteads - Roman Fort Museum, William Hutton (1723 - 1815), Visitor Centre John Clayton (1792–1890)
Roman Vindolanda – William Camden (1551 - 1623)
Roman Army Museum, Greenhead – Sir Mortimer Wheeler (1890 – 1976)
Birdoswald Roman Fort – William Stukeley (1687 - 1765)
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle – Robin George Collingwood (1889 - 1943)
Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport – William Camden (1551 - 1623)




-       The Hadrian’s Wall Country Trails app provides more information about the Wall Face exhibition and characters in the portraits and where to see them. Download the app from iTunes here or Google Play here.



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