Last chance to see the British Museum's touring exhibition Roman Empire: Power & People

Picture caption: A wide range of fantastic objects and artefacts are on offer at the Roman Empire: Power & People exhibition.

Time is running out to see a fantastic exhibition at a popular city museum celebrating the lives and times of the Romans.

Closing on 4 January 2015, the remarkable ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ touring exhibition at Leeds City Museum offers some of the greatest treasures from the British Museum’s vast collections. On offer include Roman, Romano-British and Romano-Egyptian artefacts, along with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which give the exhibition a unique local context.

A popular lecture programme and a range of family events have accompanied the exhibition, which since opening at the museum in September 2014 has captured the imagination of both young and old.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

"We have been extremely honoured to host the British Museum’s fantastic ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ exhibition at Leeds City Museum, and the good news is there is still a chance to pop down and take a look!

"A wide range of fascinating and diverse treasures from the Roman Empire are showcased in the exhibition which since opening has enthralled and captivated people of all ages."

Notes to editors:

Roman Empire: Power & People opened to the public on 20 September and will run until 4 January 2015. The exhibition 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.

Also explored in the exhibition is 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.

Full details of the exhibition, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/RomanEmpire with updates communicated using the #RomanEmpire hashtag via Leeds Museums and Galleries’ social media accounts on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LeedsMuseums) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/LeedsMuseumsAndGalleries)

Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum is situated in one of Leeds' much loved civic buildings - the Leeds Institute building on Millennium Square. The Leeds Institute is one of the City's most important historic buildings and was completed in 1862 by Cuthbert Brodrick, who also built Leeds Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. From the middle of the last century until 2005 it also housed the Civic Theatre where amateur theatrical groups staged public performances. It has been home to the City Museum since 2008. The City Museum is the flagship site for the service, and is home to four floors of interactive and exciting galleries showcasing the story of Leeds, as well as the Leeds Mummy and our Designated Natural History collection. In 2013-14 we attracted over 320,000 visitors to our site.

Leeds City Museum is a free attraction located just up the steps on Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.

Admission free. Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues, Weds and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.


Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH.

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

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