In 1986, the reconstruction of the West Gate was begun to give visitors an impression of the size and scale of Roman military architecture. In 2002 two further reconstructions were opened to show the very different living conditions of a normal soldier, a Centurion and a Commanding Officer.

Gladiators invade South Shields at the Arbeia Roman Festival

South Shields was taken over by gladiators and historical characters as visitors flocked to the annual South Tyneside Roman Festival.

The festival, on Saturday August 3, was at Baring Street, and saw people taking part in training exercises and fights in an arena. While poetry sessions, archery classes and jewellery workshops took place around the rest of the grounds of the South Shields Roman fort.

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