28 March – 29 September 2013
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AD 79. In just 24 hours, two cities in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Preserved under ash, the cities lay buried for just over 1,600 years, their rediscovery providing an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.
From the bustling street to the intimate spaces of a Roman home, this major exhibition will take you to the heart of people’s lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Read press release
The day Mount Vesuvius erupted
Explore the 24 hour timeline using an eyewitness account of the event alongside archaeological evidence to piece together the stages of the eruption and the devastating effects it had on the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Experience the fascinating story of Pompeii and Herculaneum with this cinema event from the British Museum.
14 June 2013
Tim Plyming, Head of Digital Media and Publishing,
Open daily 10.00–17.00,
Fridays until 20.30
Last entry 70 minutes before closing
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Bringing the Romans to life in the heart of London
Lectures, workshops, films and craft activities exploring life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Free downloadable resources for exhibition visits or the classroom
By exhibition curator
This captivating book explores the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Includes new photography and over 200 objects.
Browse a selection of products inspired by the exhibition.
Includes a carbonised wooden cradle and a mosaic of a guard dog.