Helmet display sees visitor numbers soar

THE ARRIVAL of a Roman-era helmet to Harborough Museum has seen visitor numbers more than double, new figures have revealed.

The restored Hallaton Helmet, which was unearthed in a field near Hallaton ten years ago along with a hoard of Iron Age and Roman coins, went on public display for the first time at the town’s museum on January 28.

New statistics released this week show the number of visitors for February this year were 4,500 – which is about 2,500 more when compared to the same period the previous year.

Zara Matthews, keeper of the museum, said: “Harborough Museum has had a fantastic February, where over 4,500 people came to see the Roman helmet between January 28 and February 28.”

The helmet was painstakingly restored at the British Museum.