Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ben Opens Exhibition on the Real-Life 'Wall'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ben Opens Exhibition on the Real-Life 'Wall'

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk

GAME of rones actor Ben Crompton came face to face with the monument which inspired the fantasy drama.

Ben plays Eddison Tollett in TV channel HBO's Game of rones, a member of the Night's Watch which guards "the Wall".

On ursday he travelled to three locations on Hadrian's Wall to open an exhibition featuring 11 historians, archaeologists and antiquarians who all played a part over the centuries in recording and protecting the world heritage site.

George RR Martin, the author of the bestselling books which have been turned into the award-winning show, has revealed that Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland was the inspiration for his fantasy saga.

In an interview with American magazine Rolling Stone, he said it was seeing the Northumberland landmark which rst got him think-think ing about the plot and inspired e Wall, an integral part of the series.

"It was the sense of this barrier against dark forces - it planted something in me," he said.

In the TV show, e Wall is a massive fortication which stretches for 300 miles along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, defending the realm from the 'Wildlings' who live beyond.

Ben visited Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum in South Shields, Housesteads fort in Northumberland and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, in Carlisle to launch the Wall Face exhibition.

e venues are among 11 along the Wall to display images, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London, of individuals who were partly responsible for what survives today.

Wall to display images, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London, of individuals who were The face >Housesteads - William Ben said: "e people featured in this exhibition were inspired to investigate Hadrian's Wall.

"By travelling from site to site Wall Face really makes you think about the scale of the Roman frontier in Britain.

"You can also nd out how to get involved in the work going on now to investigate and protect the sites.

involved in the work going on now to investigate and protect the sites.

"ere are archaeology projects looking at what life was like for people living in the frontier zone and opportunities to help look after the sites and the Wall itself. …

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