The story of the Hallaton Helmet revealed

Posted by pt91 at Jan 27, 2012 04:40 PM |
Explore one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries of Leicestershire at the Hallaton Treasure Gallery at Harborough Museum.

'Revealing the Hallaton Helmet' is a new exhibition that opens on 28 January at Harborough Museum, Leicestershire. The exhibition marks the return of the helmet as a permanent exhibit after extensive restoration work, and traces the story of its discovery and recovery (which you can read a thorough account of in the Independent).

University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) were involved in excavating the site near the village of Hallaton in Southeast Leicestershire where the decorated Roman cavalry helmet was originally found. Next month sees the release of a new book on the various finds from this mysterious site - more news on this to come.

Probably designed for ceremonial occasions, the helmet returns to Harborough for this temporary exhibition alongside the other finds from the site. It marks the permanent display of this fantastic Roman find at the Hallaton Treasure Gallery, where the illustrated displays, computer interactives and film footage will offer a great insight to all who want to explore the world of the ancient Britons. There will also be seven Roman helmets to try on for all those who want to take an imaginary trip back into the Roman era.

Tomorrow (28 January), academics from the University will be present for the official opening as well as volunteers from the Hallaton Fieldwork Group who worked with ULAS on their excavations.

‘Revealing the Hallaton Helmet’ runs from 28 January to 7 July at Harborough Museum. The project and exhibition is funded by Heritage Lottery Funded as part of the Southeast Leicestershire Treasure Project and organised by Leicestershire County Council.

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