What is Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle?
Part of Hadrian’s Cavalry, a unique exhibition along the full length of Hadrian’s Wall celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded the mighty North West frontier of the Roman Empire, Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle, will see 30 Roman cavalrymen perform together for the first time in almost 2,000 years.
Historically, a Turma took place in a parade ground and involved a series of charges and drills that were performed on horseback. Some of the exercises the cavalrymen performed included javelin, lance and spear throwing as well as horse handling skills and manoeuvres.
The outer Hadrian’s Wall visitor village will be open to the public, including non ticket holders, from 12noon each day. The village will enable visitors to be able take a walk through the Walls’ history, showing all the forts and their stories from west to east. Visitors will be able to get food and drink in this part of the event, with welfare and toilet facilities available.
Ticket holders will then be invited to the recruitment centre where they will split into two teams, red or blue, to cheer on the Roman cavalrymen as they compete with each other in the parade ground. Audiences will also be able to meet some of the cavalrymen and their horses after the Turma! to see the ornate armour and dress in more detail.
When is the event?
Taking place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July, Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle will showcase some of the exercises the Roman cavalry would have performed at sites across the Wall, many described by Hadrian himself.
The main funder of Hadrian’s Cavalry is Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.
Project delivery partners include:
- Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
- English Heritage
- Vindolanda Trust
- Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust
- Senhouse Museum Trust
- Northumberland National Park Authority
Carlisle City Council, Christian Levett and the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Partnership are proud sponsors of Hadrian’s Cavalry.
Hilton is a proud supporter of Hadrian’s Cavalry:
Exhibition loans from:
- British Museum
- National Museums, Scotland
- Musee d’Art Classique de Mougins
- Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg / Limes Museum
- Archaeological State Collection
- Landesmuseum Württemberg
BBC Newcastle is the official media partner of Hadrian’s Cavalry.
Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle is presented by Culture Creative and The Troop.