I had to cancel my next workshop at Tullie House Museum and Gallery. The Tullie House team have worked really hard to find other groups but the notice is now too short to complete their project by the end of May. We have agreed that we will now run the workshops later in the year. The project with Tullie is to look at identity through the eyes of the Romans and our own and to experience some of the different landscapes of Hadrian’s Wall. We are going to create individual responses to Roman artefacts in the Tullie House collection using a variety of media and then create some life size figures. These Frontier Voices will pop-up in the galleries and form part of a trail round the museum for visitors to follow. So there will be more on this soon as this develops........
In the meantime Tullie House has been invaluable for lots of research for Frontier Voices. I have visited the two current exhibitions:
To the Edges of Empire which explores beautiful objects, locations and people across the Roman Empire during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian.
Uncovering Roman Carlisle which shares some of the stories of the recent excavation of Carlisle’s Roman bathhouse.
Well worth a visit!
There has also been the permanent Roman Gallery and its interesting Wall display taking us into more recent Frontiers and comparing these to Hadrian’s Wall.
I can apply this research not only to the Tullie project but also to the other locations along the Wall where I will be making work.
Tullie House have also been hosting a fantastic series of Frontier Perspective talks - the brainchild of Dr Nigel Mills who is working with me on Frontier Voices. The last one is on the 28th May at 1pm and I will be watching on-line. It is really good that there is a live stream as well as actual attendance which has reduced the capacity in the lecture theatre since Covid. These have been excellent - knowledgeable speakers at the forefront of Roman archaeology and interpretation and I have learned a lot.
So far we have covered:
Hadrian’s Wall and UNESCO values (Claudia Reinprecht)
UNESCO World Heritage and the Peace Agenda (Professor Peter Stone)
Communicating World Heritage (Dr Nigel Mills)
Histography (Professor Richard Hingley)
Managing Hadrian’s Wall for the Future (Marta Alberti and Katie Mountain)
Migrations and Forced Movement shaping identities:
Who’s who on the Wall (Dr Clare Nesbitt)
Migration and Diversity in Roman Britain, Archaeological evidence and current debates (Professor Hella Eckardt)
Seeing Slavery in the Roman North (Dr Jane Webster)
The second group are particularly relevant for my project however I am also planning to use some of the UNESCO information with the schools groups.