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What Joins us is Greater than What Divides Us

Following on from a successful touring exhibition along the Antonine Wall in 2018, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we were able to take our Frontiers of the Roman Empire Exhibition to a range of locations roughly along the route of the Western edge of the Frontier in England during October and November 2019. Linking the established sites along Hadrian's Wall with other community spaces, the aim was to showcase our shared heritage with as wide an audience as possible. Venues included nature reserves, churches, museums and art galleries, with activities including artefact handling, storytelling and sharing aspects of everyday life in Roman communities, exploring the impact of the Empire on life today and our shared cultural heritage and values.

Travelling Exhibition along the Antonine Wall

During August and September 2018 an exhibition toured 5 venues across Scotland, created by NECT and supported with funding from the European Commission and Scottish Civic Trust. A film was made about the exhibition and this has just been released (December 2018) You can view it here

Frontiers of the Roman Empire – A Cultural Connection Spanning 1900 years in Europe

To mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the North of England Civic Trust (NECT), the UK Co-ordinator, has organised an exhibition at the 12 Star Gallery.

On Tuesday the 17th of July a special preview was held in celebration of uniting the various specialists from across Europe to create this magnificent piece.

Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Frontier of the Roman Empire is recognised as significantly shaping the Europe we know today.

As a frontier aligning all in its path – places, people – it brought order and established a symbolic definition of the reach of civilisation. As a contemporary zone crossing the continent and beyond, it now connects communities in a way unlike any other.

This exhibition invites participants to see how the Frontier has been shaped over the last two millennia. The common values expressed through contemporary European culture.

“What joins us is greater than what divides us”.

Illustrating the historical overlay of the Frontier on contemporary Europe the panels will now present the changes in these areas like an imprint of memory on the visible world.

As part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this exhibition will go on tour in Scotland throughout September 2018.