Tyne & Wear

Northumberland Roman museum reopens after £1m revamp

Housesteads Roman Fort
Image caption Housesteads is situated on the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site

A Roman museum in Northumberland has reopened after a £1m revamp.

English Heritage spent about six months upgrading Housesteads Roman Fort in Hexham, creating a new audio visual exhibition on its history.

Access to the museum for disabled visitors has also been improved, along with a refurbishment of the museum shop.

All artefacts had to be removed from the museum for their protection while building work was carried out.

The museum features new displays, a CGI film which re-draws the original fort and a collection of Roman artefacts highlighting what life was like on the edge of the Roman Empire.

The redevelopment was a joint project between English Heritage, the National Trust and Northumberland National Park Authority.

Further improvements to the visitor centre, toilets, shop, car park and cafe will be carried out by the end of the year.

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