Never-before-seen Roman artefacts to go on display for first time

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Medical instruments and a shrine to Apollo are among a collection of Roman artefacts due to go on display in Bristol.

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The items, discovered in and around the city, are to feature in a new exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Visitors will be able to see a wealth of other Roman artefacts, including a three-coin hoard, fine imported Roman pottery, brooches and other personal items.

The Romans and Bristol exhibition will also feature a never-before-seen copper alloy military buckle plate from Sea Mills, and painted wall plaster from an octagonal building in Nettleton, Wiltshire, generally described as a ‘shrine’ to Apollo.

The exhibition focuses on the work of antiquarian collectors, excavators and local residents who have contributed towards Bristol’s Roman collection.

The display complements another exhibition currently on display at the gallery, Roman Empire: Power and People, which features 160 objects on loan from the British Museum.

Gail Boyle, senior collections officer for Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives, said: “Roman Empire: Power and People explores themes relating to power, influence and people across the Roman Empire’s vast geographical area.

“The Romans and Bristol exhibition enables visitors to see local material from their own part of that empire.”

Julie Finch, director of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives, said: “We have enabled the ‘Romans’ to well and truly conquer the museum.

“I am really pleased to say that they are now ‘in residence’ throughout the building and that we have been able to display some of Bristol’s own remarkable Roman collections.”

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The Romans and Bristol exhibition will be on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery from 19 October 2013 to 12 January 2014. Entry is free. To find out more, click here