Copper helmet with two large conical horns on either side.

Event information

19 Apr 2021


Online event

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Many extraordinary objects from Iron Age Britain (around 800 BC–AD 43) are weapons and armour decorated with swirling Celtic art designs.

The horned helmet from Waterloo and the decorated bronze shield from Battersea are staples in popular depictions of ancient Britons. These pieces are sometimes described as 'parade armour' with the suggestion that such flamboyant objects were too impractical for battle.

This talk presents brand new research on highlight objects from the British Museum as well as recent archaeological finds to argue that, in fact, dressing to impress on the battlefield was all-important.

To attend this online event

Join the discussion from 18.15 on Monday 19 April. We're hosting the event on Zoom, a free video conferencing system.

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About the speaker

Julia Farley is Curator of European Iron Age and Roman Conquest Period at the British Museum. Her research interests include craft and production, especially metalwork and metalworking technologies, Iron Age ritual and depositional practices, and the colonial encounter between communities in Iron Age Britain and the Roman world. She co-curated the recent British Museum exhibition Disposable: rubbish and us (December 2019 – February 2020) and was lead curator of Celts: art and identity (September 2015 – January 2016), organised in partnership with National Museums Scotland. She is currently working on a publication about the Iron Age hoards from Snettisham in Norfolk.