Pompeii exhibition coming to British Museum

The British Museum Credit: PA

For the first time in 40 years, parts of the preserved cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum are coming to London in a new exhibition at the British Museum.

Over 450 objects are going on display, many of which haven't been seen outside Italy.

The thing that makes Pompeii so famous are the casts of people. Credit: PA

Pompeii and Herculaneum were the ill-fated cities on the Bay of Naples in southern Italy which were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

As both cities were unprepared for the event, the daily life of its citizens were preserved until they were discovered nearly 1700 years later.

"Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum" runs at the British Museum from 28 March to 29 September.