Travel back in time at the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
If you’ve ever relished the idea of time travel, a visit to the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle should be on your bucket list for a day.
A stroll through its fascinating galleries and exhibits can make you feel like you’ve walked in the footsteps of a wide variety of people from our past.
Tullie’s Costume Collection, on permanent display, showcases 300 years of clothing worn by Cumbrian women.
It ranges from the bizarrely extravagant six-foot-wide court mantua dress of the 18th century to the scrubs worn by a nurse at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle during the Covid pandemic.
It is the largest collection of historical costumes in the north of England.
If you prefer your time travel to be more of swords and sandals, there are three exhibits covering Cumbria’s Roman history.
Some of the most captivating artifacts from the Roman Empire have been brought together under one roof as Tullie celebrates the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall.
The ‘To The Edges Of Empire’ exhibit includes Newstead’s bewitching face mask – a bronze parade mask from the late 1st century AD.
For a real insight into Roman life in and around Carlisle you should check out the Uncovering Roman Carlisle exhibition which includes finds recently unearthed during last summer’s community excavations of the Carlisle Cricket Club’s Roman bathhouse, discovered at the origin in 2017.
And for a modern understanding of the continued importance of Hadrian’s Wall in our daily lives, take a stroll through Tullie Gardens.
Photographs of members of the public capturing precious moments spent in front of the historic wall are on display. The three Roman exhibitions run until June 12.
Your journey through time through Tullie House tells the stories of early prehistoric Cumbrians to Viking invaders. It covers Carlisle’s turbulent medieval history and its transformation from a rural market town to a bustling center of railways, industry and tourism.
Tullie is also home to an extensive collection of works of art and decorative art ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites to North Cumbrian artists, a natural science collection and individual treasures like the rare Amati Violin – an exquisite instrument dating from 1564.
The museum also has an award-winning family cafe that serves hot and cold food throughout the day.
With its central location in the heart of Tullie House, the cafe is ideally placed for a mid-visit pick-me-up before continuing your visit to the galleries.
On a nice day you can even take your refreshments and sit on the garden patio overlooking the peaceful and colorful gardens.
All in all, the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery offers an unforgettable day on your doorstep.