Museum calls on people power to pick new Roman mascot’s name

Caption 1: History lovers can choose a name for the new Roman-themed Rory the Tiger mascot.

Caption 2: Limestone figure of Horus, Roman Period, 30 BC – AD 641 which will feature in the Roman Empire: Power and People exhibition.

of history-lovers can earn their stripes by helping to name the mascot for
Leeds City Museum’s new Roman-themed exhibition.

Popular character Rory the Tiger will
be getting a summer makeover as he dons his armour and helmet ahead of the
Roman Empire: Power and People exhibition, which starts this September.

The team at the museum are asking
followers on Twitter and Facebook to vote for Rory’s new name over the next

Voters can choose between three
names- Rorius Maximus, Emperory Tigerius or Roman Rory.

Whichever gets the most votes by
August 8 will be the official name of the exhibition’s mascot.

To vote for which name you think
should be chosen, visit the Leeds Museums and Galleries Facebook page
at www.facebook.com/leedsmuseumsandgalleries and ‘like’ the picture
of the name which you think is best.  You can ‘like’ as many as you want but only the name
with the most votes will win.

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

“This fascinating look at Roman life
will really showcase the important part that Yorkshire played in one of the
biggest empires the world has ever seen and it’s a real honour that we’re
hosting such a prestigious exhibition.

“We always try to make our
exhibitions as interactive as possible, so we’d like local
history-lovers, young and old, to get involved and play their part by helping
us to choose the name of our new Roman mascot.”

Roman Empire: Power and People runs
from September 20 until January 4.

The exhibition will feature treasures from the British Museum’s
collections of Roman, Romano-British and Romano-Egyptian artefacts, which will
take their place alongside items from Yorkshire’s own collections, carefully
selected by the team at Leeds City Museum.

The exhibition showcases the rich
history of Romans in Yorkshire, Britain and across the Empire.

Activities and lectures will be
running alongside the exhibition, looking at subjects including Roman finds in
Yorkshire, crime and punishment in Roman Britain, hoards of Roman coins, Roman
York and new archaeological evidence courtesy of the development of University
of York’s new campus. 

A series of audio visuals,
interactive features and family trails will also help bring alive the ideas
behind the exhibition. 

Katherine Baxter, curator of
archaeology at Leeds City Museum said:

“It is a privilege for us to host
this nationally important collection and be British Museum partners.  Being part of this tour means that we
again push the boundaries on what we can achieve for our visitors. 

“We pride ourselves on appealing to a
wide audience and these 160 objects from the British Museum will build a
picture of life as a Roman, wherever and whoever you were in the Empire.”

Leeds City Museum is on Millennium
Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH, and is open every day, except Mondays, (open Bank Holidays)
from 10am to 5pm and until 7pm on Thursdays. Weekends 11am to 5pm.


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Leeds City

Tel: 0113
224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk