Pompeii in pictures

By MSN UK News. Image: the Trustees of the British Museum
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Relics from the ancient ruined city of Pompeii on display at the British Museum in London are to be beamed into cinemas around the country.

It will give audiences a chance to see some of the remarkable items that have survived for almost 2,000 years, and which offer a tantalising glimpse of Roman life.

This picture shows a gold bracelet in the form of a coiled snake, dating from the 1st century AD.

Click through to see more fascinating relics to have been retrieved from the ruins of Pompeii.

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Mosaic of a guard dog, from the House of Orpheus, Pompeii, 1st century AD

The exhibition is the first to be held on the subject of Pompeii in the British Museum. It brings together many objects, both recent discoveries and celebrated finds from earlier excavations. Unlike previous exhibitions, its focus is not on the sites as a whole, but on the archaeology of the home and the lives of the people who lived there. 

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Bronze statue of a woman fastening her dress, from the Villa of the Papyrii, Herculaneum, 1st century BC – 1st century AD

The exhibition runs until 29 September 2013. You can find updates on Twitter using #PompeiiExhibition and #PompeiiLive, or by following the Museum’s Twitter account @britishmuseum.

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Plaster cast of a dog, from the House of Orpheus, Pompeii, AD 79

The cinema screening on 18 June will show audiences round the exhibition in the company of renowned experts and practitioners who, alongside live performance - music, poetry and eyewitness accounts - will bring to life extraordinary objects, some never seen outside Italy before. Interviews throughout the exhibition will be intercut with stunning specially recorded films in Italy, showing Pompeii and Herculaneum and the sleeping Vesuvius - the volcano that destroyed the city almost 2,000 years ago.

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A carbonised wooden cradle from the house of M.P.P. Granianus, Herculaneum, 1st century AD

A second broadcast will take place in cinemas on 19 June, intended for schools. Pupils will see an interactive show involving CBBC presenters Naomi Wilkinson and Ed Petrie exploring the exhibition.

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A wall painting of Flora, goddess of fertility and abundance, or Primavera, the embodiment of spring, from the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, 1st century AD

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Bacchus and followers, depicted on a marble wall panel from the House of the Dionysiac Reliefs, Herculaneum, 1st century AD

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Satyr and maenads, depicted on a marble wall panel from the House of the Dionysiac Reliefs, Herculaneum, 1st century AD

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A wall painting of the baker Terentius Neo and his wife, from the House of Terentius Neo, Pompeii, AD 50–79

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Fragment of a wall painting showing a man reclining to drink, from Pompeii, 1st century AD

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A present-day view of the Herculaneum, Bay of Naples, Italy

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A picture of present-day Pompeii in the Bay of Naples, Italy,