Roman Empire: Power & People
Image © The Trustees of The British Museum

Roman Empire: Power & People

Friday 16 May 2014 to Sunday 31 August 2014

A British Museum Tour

This summer, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum hosts the largest ever UK exhibition of Roman artefacts on loan from the British Museum.

Roman Empire: Power & People brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. 

Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.

The exhibition explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

The exhibition also features rich material from collections in the Midlands, piecing together the story of local people and places under Roman rule. The exhibition is full of fun, hands-on activities for children of all ages, from Roman-opoly to dressing up, and there are a wealth of extra events and activities throughout the run of the exhibition

There is a huge programme of events accompanying this exhibition. Please see the right hand column for direct links.

Great savings to be made by booking online in advance.


Tickets can be booked online up until midnight the night before the date of your visit.  You can also purchase tickets in person on the day of your visit, however higher ticket prices will apply.

We are offering the chance to win a trip for two to Rome, courtesy of Harry Shaw Travel. Pick up an entry form when you are in the Herbert.

Supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation.   The exhibition has been developed in partnership between Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives and the British Museum.

Herbert Museum & Art Gallery
Jordan Well Coventry CV1 5QP
024 7623 7521