Museum of Antiquities is the main museum for the World
Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall with artefacts, including inscriptions
and sculpture, from all the excavated sites along the line of the Wall
and the Stanegate, as well as the outpost forts and the hinterland forts.
Roman Gallery houses Masterpieces
of Roman art which include the Birth of Mithras stone from Housesteads,
featuring the earliest depiction of the signs of the zodiac found in Britain,
the Aesica brooch, the Aemilia finger-ring and the enchanting South Shields
Bear Cameo. Displays
include a model of the whole of Hadrian's Wall as well as forts, milecastles,
turrets, etc. There
is also a full size reconstruction of the Temple of Mithras at Carrawburgh
and life size figures of Roman soldiers. The
Museum also covers all periods from the early prehistoric up to 1600 AD
with particular emphasis on the immediate pre and post Roman periods.
Museum, which is owned & run by the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
is approximatly one mile north of Hadrian's Cycleway - NCN 72.
AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built
across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North.
Segedunum Roman Fort stood on the banks of the River Tyne, the last outpost
of Hadrian's Wall. For almost 300 years Segedunum, which means 'strong
fort', was home to 600 Roman soldiers.
newly opened Roman experience has immediately become one of the leading
attractions along the wall. Now in the heart of the urbanised sprawl of greater Newcastle, Wallsend
was, as its name implies, the last stop on Hadrian's Wall.
excavations have revealed much of the old Roman fort here and, as well
as viewing the foundations on the ground, you can now take to the skies
in a soaring air-traffic-control-type tower to get a real overview of
what went where and how everything interconnected.
is a great interactive 'museum' with lots to do, as well as see, in order
to understand how the Roman army lived and worked. The central area imitates
the courtyard of the excavated headquarters building with the Imperial
Chapel and treasure room at one end.
model of the fort in the centre allows you to view each street exactly
as it would have been and a computer screen takes for a walk right down
them! There is a good shop and excellent cafe.
miss out on the full-scale working reconstruction of a Roman bath-house,
based on the one at Chesters, over at the far side of the site though.
It's quite incredible. Watch out in the Caldarium. Phew! It's hot.
of Hadrian's Wall and a replica section can be seen outside the fort on
the other side of Hadrian's Road.
The remains on both sides of the cycle track are those of the spur wall
that ran between the fort and the river.
is also the start of the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail to Bowness
on Solway at the other end of Hadrian's Wall.
Segedunum logo to view official web site for the museum.