Move Like A Hadrian

Exploring Arbeia’s multicultural and multinational past with resident artist Rachel Eleanor Brook.

Photo by Wycombe 89 Media

Community participants have been invited to explore Arbeia’s multicultural and multinational past through an interactive and engaging tour of the grounds. 

Beginning with an interactive tour of the grounds, starting at the West Gate participants shared conversation about the presence of this reconstruction, considering what the atmosphere is like, what might we hear, see, smell and so on. They were encouraged to imagine the original building and site. 

Moving across the grounds over to the reconstructed Commanding Officer’s house the groups enjoyed food together and took part in a creative activity, designing and/or writing a postcard to the past asking questions to the people who built, worked at, lived at, and died at Arbeia. The postcards will form part of a communal artwork which will be unveiled at Arbeia in March 2023.  

This project was commissioned by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, in partnership with South Tyneside Council Cultural Development to creatively respond to the museum and its collection. 

This commission supports HW1900 and encourages the community and visitors to appreciate more about the rich and diverse culture and heritage of South Tyneside, locally and regionally.