Held in the British Museum from March 28 to September 29 2013, this exhibition brings many archeological finds, both newly discovered and some old classics to Britain, many leaving Italy for the very first time. You’ll discover the fascinating story behind the destruction of Pompeii and its little known brother Herculaneum after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.
The exhibition goes into great detail, explaining the lives of the ordinary citizens of these two towns as they were covered in volcanic ash, using some 250 recovered pieces of paintings, furniture and even casts of families themselves. As well as the reactions from the blast, you’ll get t know the towns before they were destroyed and how their people lived. It’s £15 (concessions available) and to see artefacts of this rarity, the price is justified.