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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

New exhibition looks at Pompeii and Herculaneum

2nd January 2013

The British Museum in central London is planning a new exhibition that will look at the famous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Open from March 28th to September 29th, the show will provide a detailed look at the two locations that were destroyed completely by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 24 hours in AD 79.

Visitors staying at central London hotels will be able to see many exhibits that have never been on display before outside of Italy and are being lent to the British Museum from a number of key organisations from across the world.

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, explained: "This will be a major exhibition for the British Museum in 2013, made possible through collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompeii which has meant extremely generous loans of precious objects from their collections, some that have never travelled before."

In total 150 items will be included in the Goldman Sachs-sponsored show. Objects on display will include ivory panels and marble reliefs as well as various items of everyday wooden furniture that were completely preserved because of the immense heat of the volcano.

Amongst these mundane pieces are a garden bench and a baby's crib and they provide a fascinating insight into life before the disaster at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Admission to the show is £15 and the show will be open seven days a week, with a late night opening on Friday evenings until 8.30pm.


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