Opening to the public on Saturday, 6 April,the exhibition features stunning costumes, props and posters from some big name modern epics such as Gladiator, Centurion, King Arthur and Ben Hur. This is the first time the touring exhibition, curated by Pop-Up Exhibitions, has been shown.

It interprets the films in the context of the history and archaeology that have inspired film makers, presenting historical figures in a way that will connect with modern audiences and fans of historical cinema.

It also includes interactive and handling elements, original cinema posters and banners and fabric hangings used in Gladiator. There will also be a selection of memorabilia from classic 'sword and sandal' flicks of the 1950s and 1960s.

Stephanie Thorndyke, manager of The Novium Museum says: "We are always looking at innovative ways to bring history to life. The Romans are always a popular topic with children and adults alike, and we hope visitors will have fun as well as wanting to find out more about Roman history."

Barry Chandler, Director of Pop Up Exhibitions adds: "Pop Up Exhibitions are thrilled to be showing our collection of Roman themed film and TV costumes at The Novium Museum. The collection has taken years to build and we are excited to see it all on display for the first time in Chichester. We are sure visitors will love it!"

A series of events organised by The Novium Museum will accompany the exhibition, including two evening talks in May:

  • Thursday 2 May, 6.30pm: set and costume designer Ryan Dawson Laight will present a talk entitled 'Pencils, Paint, Process & Performance'.
  • Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm: Keith Lodwick, Curator - Theatre and Performance at the Victoria & Albert Museum will discuss Hollywood Costume.

Tickets for the events cost £6 per person and can be booked through The Novium Museum  or by calling 01243 816525.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 8 September.

Admission is free, with donations gratefully received. Further information is available from  The Novium Museum  or by calling 01243 775888

Date of Release: 5 April 2019    

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