Monday, June 20, 2011

Tullie House Museum is Loaned Helmet

This eerily familiar, shimmering androgynous face with lips slightly parted and squinting eyes is not the infamous Crosby Garrett helmet, "for which a small museum in Cumbria raised an astonishing £1.7m last year, only to be outbid at auction, sparking a continuing controversy over protection for major archaeological finds in Britain" (Maev Kennedy, ('Shock and awe: Nijmegen helmet gives Carlisle museum a boost', The Guardian 14 June 2011).

This is the Nijmegan helmet from the Netherlands which is being loaned to the Tullie House museum in Carlisle for the opening of its new Roman gallery ("Roman Frontier: Stories beyond Hadrian’s Wall" which opens on 25 June. The Museum has succeeded in getting loans of a number of items for the display, including from the British and foreign museums as well as private collectors - all except one asked.

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