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Members' conference

Roman Britain
edge of empire

Members' conference / Members' exclusive / 2 June 2024

16+

Supported by

Graham and Joanna Barker, Hugh and Catherine Stevenson and Christian Levett

Event information

2 June 2024

10.30–17.30

BP Lecture Theatre; and online via Zoom

Price

  • £89 (Members)
  • £49 (Members online)

16+

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Join us to explore life in Roman Britain and beyond.

Far from just a rainy provincial outpost, Roman Britain was a place of creativity, conflict and movement. From religion and writing to spectacle and warfare, delve into the past to discover the reality of life in the Roman empire's north-west provinces. 

Featuring a series of talks by leading experts, this exclusive Members' conference will highlight the latest research into life on the frontiers. 

At the end of the day, you'll have the opportunity to visit Legion: life in the Roman army after hours and get closer to this five-star exhibition. 

Booking information

You can join this event in person, or via Zoom.

Attend in person – £89 – sold out

  • If you have any queries please contact the Membership Office at friends@britishmuseum.org or on +44 (0)20 7323 8195.
  • This event includes a complimentary light lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Please contact the Membership Office if you have any dietary requirements.
  • This event will be held at full capacity. In line with current government and NHS guidance, face masks are not mandatory but guests are welcome to wear them if they wish.

Attend online via Zoom – £49

  • Book now to secure your place via Zoom.
  • If you're experiencing any difficulties with booking or have any further queries, please contact the Membership Office at friends@britishmuseum.org or on +44 (0)20 7323 8195.
  • A link will be sent via email in advance for you to access the event. One ticket must be purchased for each household and the event link may not be shared.
  • Please note the first talk will begin at 11.00 but you will be able to join the Zoom webinar from 10.45.
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The event will be recorded and made available to all Members at a later date, without charge.

Programme overview

10.30: Arrive – tea, coffee and mini pastries

11.00: Welcome
Dr Thomas Harrison

11.10: Mobility and migration in Roman Britain
Prof Hella Eckardt

11.50: Gods on the frontier: religion and community on Hadrian's Wall
Dr Eleri Cousins

12.30: Voices from Roman Britain
Prof Alex Mullen

13.10: Light lunch

14.10: Deadly games? Arena spectacles and the Roman army
Dr John Pearce

14.50: The making of a man of means: rewarding soldier and civilian in the time of Hadrian
Richard Abdy

15.30: Break – tea, coffee and cake

16.00: Creating Legion: life in the Roman army
Dr Carolina Rangel de Lima

16.40: Panel discussion
Hosted by Dr Thomas Harrison

17.20: Closing remarks

17.30: Conference ends

17.30–19.00: Legion: life in the Roman army exclusive opening until 19.00

About the speakers

Dr Thomas Harrison

Dr Thomas Harrison is Keeper of the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum. He is a specialist in the history of the Greek and Achaemenid Persian worlds, especially Greek religion, history-writing, the interactions between Greeks and 'barbarians', and the history of scholarship on the ancient past. His publications include The Emptiness of Asia: Aeschylus' Persians and the History of the Fifth Century (2000) and Writing Ancient Persia (2011). He has held posts at Liverpool and St Andrews universities and is one of the organisers of the Herodotus Helpline, a world-wide community of readers of Herodotus' Histories.

Prof Hella Eckardt

Prof Hella Eckardt is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Reading. She teaches provincial Roman archaeology and material culture studies. Her research concerns the ways objects were used and deposited in the Roman world, most recently working on Roman objects in rivers. She collaborates with archaeological scientists to explore mobility in Roman Britain.

Dr Eleri Cousins

Dr Eleri Cousins is a Roman archaeologist and a lecturer in Roman History at Lancaster University. Her research explores the role of religion in the societies of the western provinces of the Roman Empire, in particular Roman Britain; her most recent work focuses on the gods and religious landscapes of Hadrian's Wall and the communities of the Romano-British frontier. She also currently serves as Chair of the Archaeological Research Delivery Group for the Hadrian's Wall Partnership.

Prof Alex Mullen

Prof Alex Mullen (PhD, FSA, FRHistS) is Professor of Ancient History and Sociolinguistics at the University of Nottingham and Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Her research explores life and languages in the Roman West and she works on projects on Latinization, Gaulish inscriptions, technology for reading ancient texts, writing tablets from Britannia, Roman inscriptions of Britain in Schools and is publishing her eighth book, Latinization, Local Languages and Literacies of the Roman West (Oxford University Press), later this year.

Dr John Pearce

Dr John Pearce is Reader in Archaeology in the Classics department, at King's College London, where he has worked since 2003, following postgraduate study on Roman funerary practice and post-doctoral research on the Vindolanda writing tablets. Inspired by excavation experience as a student in France and in contract archaeology in Germany, his research interests lie in the society and culture of Rome's northern provinces. His current projects link inscriptions, art and archaeology to characterise Roman spectacle culture and hunting.

Richard Abdy

Richard Abdy studied at the University of Glasgow before joining the British Museum in 1993. In addition to curating the Museum's extensive collection of Roman and Iron Age coins he is also currently Lead Curator of Legion: life in the Roman army. Among his numerous scholarly publications, he was awarded the American Numismatic Society's Collier Prize in 2021, the biggest international award in ancient numismatics, for Roman Imperial Coinage Volume II, Part 3: From AD 117 to 138.

Dr Carolina Rangel de Lima

Dr Carolina Rangel de Lima received her doctorate from the University of Reading, before working with the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a Finds Liaison Officer in the counties of Sussex and Essex. She worked as an Assistant Curator at Colchester Museums, where she curated the exhibition Decoding the Roman Dead, before joining the British Museum in 2022 as the Project Curator for Legion: life in the Roman army.

Privacy policy

Prviacy policy

The personal data you provide to us on the event booking form is being collected so that we can administer the event efficiently and, if necessary, contact you with important updates about the event. It will only be used by the British Museum for this purpose, it will not be shared with any third parties and it will be securely deleted as soon as reasonably practicable and no later than a month. This privacy information does not apply to the processing of your personal data by Zoom which will be governed by the terms of the agreement made between you and Zoom when you subscribed to their service.