Archaeologist Tatiana Ivleva explores Roman glass bangles on both sides of Hadrian’s Wall in this new display.

October 12 2017 – January 3 2018

This new display focuses on Newcastle University archaeologist Tatiana Ivleva’s research on Roman glass bangles in Britain.

Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne

Free entry (donations welcome)

The exhibition puts a peculiar artefact from Roman Britain into the spotlight: a glass bangle, seamless ring-shaped adornment made of coloured glass. It examines the arrival of glass bangle technology in Britain and their popularity in the frontier region of the province, and discusses the various functions bangles may have had. The exhibition includes also real-size reconstructions of the glass bangles, made in collaboration with National Glass Centre in Sunderland and glass artist Connor Garton. Of particular interest are 3D reconstructions of complete glass bangles from two small fragments from Vindolanda Roman Fort and Corbridge Roman town. A highlight is a short film on how to manufacture a seamless glass bracelet. 

The exhibition is part of a project that have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 657309 in the framework Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions. More information about the project can be found at

More information on the Great North Museum’s website.

Roman glass bangles. Great Borth Museum
Roman glass bangles. Great North Museum: Hancock