Pompei was the luxurious resort of wealthy Romans and is now most famous as a symbol of volcanic doom. The city was buried in an anstant when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. As a child, one of my favourite exhibits was the perfectly preserved (by vesuvius) roman villa on the first floor of the Met Museum which were discovered almost 1700 years after the event. The British Museum, however, is opening what is being referred to as a once in a generation exhibition with an abundance of relics from this moment fixed in time. This will be a hot ticket, and i suggest you book them now
From the British Musueum: It is the result of close collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompeii, will bring together over 250 fascinating objects, both recent discoveries and celebrated finds from earlier excavations. Many of these objects have never before been seen outside Italy. The exhibition will have a unique focus, looking at the Roman home and the people who lived in these ill-fated cities. The exhibition will give visitors a taste of the daily life of the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum, from the bustling street to the family home. The domestic space is the essential context for people’s lives, and allows us to get closer to the Romans themselves. This exhibition will explore the lives of individuals in Roman society, not the classic figures of films and television, such as emperors, gladiators and legionaries, but businessmen, powerful women, freed slaves and children.
The exhibition will include casts from in and around Pompeii of some of the victims of the eruption. A family of two adults and their two children are huddled together, just as in their last moments under the stairs of their villa. The most famous of the casts on display is of a dog, fixed forever at the moment of its death as the volcano submerged the cities”
- British Museum uses its own loaf as Pompeii exhibit comes to town (Guardian)
- Once in a generation Exhibition (Mail Online)
- Pompeii at the British Museum (Telegraph)