The Roman Empire is coming to Perth as part of new exhibit

The Roman Empire is coming to Perth – but residents do not need to be worried about legions marching down High Street.

Instead, Perth Museum and Art Gallery will be stepping back in time to explore the vast empire and its impact and influence on the local area through a collection of fascinating stories and objects.

‘ROMANS: Edge of Empire’ will examine how the Caledonians lived and fought alongside one of the most extraordinary geopolitical powers in history.

People interested in history, museum lovers and visitors young and old are invited to explore the display of items from the collection and some impressive digital installations, including a 3D printed map.

The map will show the Roman camps once sited across Perthshire and the waves of invasion and occupation.

The new exhibition will provide visitors with an opportunity to get close to objects from an ancient civilisation that have been found across Perth and Kinross.

To accompany ROMANS, there is also a new exhibition drawing from the work of craftspeople who have been commissioned to create replicas of rare and unusual Roman artefacts found along the Antonine Wall, including a Roman wine barrel, an Iron Age ‘tartan’, and an African-style portable cooker.

‘The Antonine Wall: Beyond Boundaries’ is part of the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall Project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, that encourages local communities to develop and deliver projects to engage with the World Heritage Site on their doorstep.

Alongside the exhibitions, Perth Museum and Art Gallery is running a programme of complimentary events and will welcome back combat-trained warriors Clanranald, who appeared in the 2001 film Gladiator.

Also returning will be the ever-popular Time Travelling Cook, who will be serving up some Roman delicacies.

Mark Hall, collections officer at Culture Perth and Kinross, said: “Perthshire was part of the dynamic frontier zone of the failed occupation of what is now Scotland.

“The wealth of Roman sites across Perth and Kinross, and the rich archaeology collection of Perth Museum will help to tell the exciting story of the interplay between Romans and Caledonians.”

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, added: “The history of Perth and Kinross is extremely rich and diverse, and I’m delighted that this new exhibition will explore that through the lens of the Roman Empire.

“The archaeology collections we care for help show the impact the Romans had across the entire region.

“I hope families will enjoy discovering what life was like for those living on the edge of an ancient super-power, whose empire extended from the Atlantic to the Red Sea.”

•ROMANS: Edge of Empire and The Antonine Wall: Beyond Boundaries open on October 9 at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

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