Delivered by Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust have worked together with Heritage Consultant Nigel Mills to develop a series of talks which pose some of the most important and poignant questions related to Hadrian’s Wall. A host of experts on the wall come together over three sessions to share their thoughts on this hugely important monument, both in the past and the present. The talks include discussions about the meaning behind being a UNESCO World Heritage site from identity to the UNESCO cause for global peace. The identity, migration and movement of people, alongside the physical impact of frontiers, which are explored in the 2nd and 3rd talks of the series.
Dr. Claire Nesbitt
“Who’s who on the wall. Examining identity on Hadrian’s wall”
This talk explores the complex and varied identities of people on the Northern Frontier of Rome. The soldiers stationed on Hadrian’s Wall were not all Romans, and not all those that occupied the wall zone were soldiers. Here, we explore the multicultural nature of the frontier by investigating the origins, identities and relationships of the people who came to call the Wall home.
Professor Hella Eckardt
“Migration and mobility in the Roman Empire”
The Roman Empire was a melting pot and people moved to and from the province of Britannia for many reasons. This talk will highlight the various sources of evidence, contrasting inscriptions on stone with recent scientific work. In particular, isotopic analysis, which provides clues about where people buried in Britain may have come from. We will also explore how museums, educators and the general public have reacted to Roman migration and diversity.
Dr. Rebecca Redfern
“The bioarchaeology of Roman Britain: what the skeletons reveal about life in the Empire.”
The human remains excavated from Roman Britain provide a unique perspective on life in this period. Their skeletons hold a wealth of information about daily life, and using archaeological science, can reveal where people came from and what they looked like. This talk will give an overview of the bioarchaeological evidence, discuss our methods and approaches, and how these are transforming our understanding of Britain and the wider Empire.
Dr. Jane Webster
“Seeing slavery in the Roman North”
In Britain, as in all the Roman provinces, slave ownership was a common phenomenon. This talk explores the range of evidence for the presence, and life experiences, of enslaved persons in the Frontier zone. It focuses on epigraphic data (inscriptions) and some intriguing excavation findings, and tackles some common misconceptions about slavery in the Roman world.