Callendar House, Falkirk

May 19th to October 6th 2019

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an EXHIBITION from the creators of jorvik Viking centre

Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets

In 2004-5, eighty burials, dating from the early 2nd century to the late 3rd century AD, were unearthed in York. This site was part of a large cemetery on the outskirts of the Roman town of Eboracum, across the river from the legionary fortress.


The discoveries displayed evidence that so intrigued the archaeologists that further investigation was needed. This search for answers, which is ongoing, has suggested that these people could have been a group of gladiators, who lived and fought in York during the Roman occupation.


Were these men Gladiators, soldiers, criminals or slaves?

You decide.

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Exhibition Experience

Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets is an exhibition that features the skeletal remains of six of the men, all of whom were decapitated and suffered injuries prior to death, buried in this cemetery alongside other Roman-age material from excavations across Northern Britain. Recent research has added to the story and uncovered more about who these men were, where they came from, how they died and why.

To accompany the exhibition is an engaging hands-on play-area based on a Roman market where families can have fun exploring what life was like a Roman town


Gallery of Images


Images of the Gladiators Exhibition when on display at the BEacon Museum, Whitehaven

Images of the gladiators exhibition on display in other venues

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Admission Prices

£5 Adults

£3 Concession & Child

£15 Family

Opening Times

Tearoom open: 10am – 4pm

Exhibition opens: 10am, last admission 3.30pm (closed Tuesdays)


How to Find Us


Gladiators is a touring exhibition. Click here to find out more about hosting it at your venue.