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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

The tales of Pompeii and Herculaneum to be told in London

6th February 2013

Later in the spring, the British Museum will be presenting a superb display on the two Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum that were destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The exhibition will be the first ever held on these two archaeological gems at the British Museum and the first time in nearly 40 years that such a major display will be in London.

It is the result of close collaboration between the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompeii.

This will see over 250 fascinating objects on display, both more recent discoveries and some of the most famous finds from earlier digs.

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor said this will be a major exhibition for the venue this year, which has been made possible as a result of the generous loans of precious objects from various collections.

Goldman Sachs is sponsoring the exhibition and Mr MacGregor said the British Museum is "extremely grateful" to them for their support.

Co-chief executive of Goldman Sachs International Richard Gnodde commented: "It is a privilege to be partnering with the British Museum for this incredibly exciting exhibition, which offers a fascinating insight into daily life at the heart of the Roman Empire.

"We recognise the importance of supporting cultural platforms such as this and we are delighted to offer our support to help bring this unique experience to London."

The exhibition will have a strong emphasis on domestic life, which will help to transform the museum artefacts into everyday possessions.

It will be in situ at the British Museum from March 28th to September 29th and people staying in luxury hotels in London to visit the exhibition will be able to gain admittance from just £15.

The British Museum will be easily reached from any accommodation you decide to stay in as within easy walking distance there is no less than four Tube stops.

These are Russell Square, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street.

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