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Over 1000 cinemas in 51 countries – new cinemas added regularly
Experience the fascinating story of Pompeii and Herculaneum from wherever you are in the world. In cinemas around the world from 29 August 2013. New cinemas added regularly.
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.
Recreating the recipe
In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. The British Museum asked Giorgio Locatelli to recreate the recipe as part of his culinary investigations for Pompeii Live.
Your exclusive private view
Don’t miss the your chance to see the first live cinema event produced by the British Museum from a major exhibition.
See the wonders of the exhibition from the comfort of the cinema, introduced live by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, presented by Peter Snow and Bettany Hughes and featuring Mary Beard, Rachel de Thame, Giorgio Locatelli, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill and exhibition curator Paul Roberts who bring extraordinary objects to life in this unique event.
Plus, you’ll see specially made films of Pompeii and Herculaneum today, and go behind the scenes of the exhibition to explore the stories of these famous Roman cities.
Rachel de Thame
28 March – 29 September 2013
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.
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Bringing the Romans to life in the heart of London
Come to the British Museum for a range of lectures, workshops, films and craft activities exploring life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
By exhibition curator
This captivating book explores the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Includes new photography and over 200 objects.
Download the official exhibition app
Immerse yourself in the life of the two Roman cities through exclusive video footage and curator interviews. Explore the story of Vesuvius's eruption in the interactive timeline to see the differing fates of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.