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Crosby Garrett helmet to go on display in Carlisle

The Crosby Garrett helmet. Credit: ITV Border

An iconic Roman helmet will go on display at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle this weekend.

The Crosby Garrett helmet dates back to the late 1st Century AD, and was discovered in a field near Kirkby Stephen seven years ago, after which it sold for £2.3 million.

It's on display in Carlisle from 8 April until September, and is part of the Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition, which explores the Roman Empire's links to Cumbria.

Roman Helmet Seen by Over 15,000

The Crosby Garrett Roman helmet has been the most successful exhibition in Tullie Houses' 121-year history, attracting crowds from all over the world.

It dates back to the late 1st Century AD, was thought to be lost until it was discovered by a metal detector in a Cumbrian field in 2010.

We've been absolutely inundated with people coming to see it, doing pilgrimages to come over from the North East and down south to actually visit and see the helmet in the flesh, so to speak.

– Hilary Wade, Director of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust

Alan Pickering, who's from Lancashire, is a keen historian with a particular interest in Roman history. He travels the country to visit Roman sites and exhibitions and wanted to make sure he didn't miss his chance to see the exhibit.

This is really the cherry on the cake. You know, I've followed it since it was found and I never thought I'd get the opportunity to look at it... You know, possibly I thought it would go into a private collection and not be seen for possibly my life time but, eh, I was lucky to see it so yeah, I'm very pleased to come.

– Alan Pickering, 15,000th visitor

As one of only 4 artefacts of it's kind, it's been described as 'one of the most important roman finds of recent times'.

The exhibition will move to the British Museum in London next week.