Event: Life and Death in Pompeii at the British Museum
Location: British Museum, WC1
Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum is a major exhibition on two Roman cities buried in volcanic ash in just 24 hours when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79.
When they were discovered 1,700 years later the two very different cities on the Bay of Naples were almost perfectly preserved, giving a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Roman Empire.
The British Museum has 250 artefacts on display in this exhibition, including some recent finds, many of which have never been seen outside Italy before.
The exhibition gives a taste of daily life in the cities, as well as featuring objects such as wooden furniture that was carbonised by high temperatures at Herculaneum (and would not have survived in Pompeii). There are also casts of some of the victims of the eruption, including a family and a famous cast of a dog.
The British Museum houses Britain’s major collection of classical antiquities and ethnographic artefacts from all over the world. It currently also has the temporary exhibitions Ice Age Art (until 26 May) and In Search of Classical Greece (until 28 Apr).
Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum runs from 28 Mar to 29 Sep 2013, open 10am to 5.30pm daily and until 8.30pm on Fridays. Tickets are available in advance from the museum’s website or in person when you visit.