Centre of Britain Hotel & Restaurant, Main Sreet, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0BH

Tel: 01434 322 422  Fax: 01434 322 655  Email: manager@centre-of-britain.org.uk

ART AT THE CENTRE OF BRITAIN

GRAHAM SUMNER

Graham was born in 1958. He studied

illustration at Wrexham Art School and

has specialised in archaeological

reconstruction drawings. He has

written and illustrated a number of

books and articles on the Roman Army

and hasillustrated other books on

Roman history.He is a member of the

Association of Archaeological Illustrators

and Surveyors(AAI&S).

 

Amongst Grahams publications are “Roman Army: Wars of the Empire”  in Brasseys'  “History of Uniform” series, Tim Strickland's “Roman Chester and Roman Middlewich”  and “Roman Britain”  by Plantagenet Somerset Fry.

 

When we declared Haltwhistle as The Centre of Britain, Graham provided the illustrations of a Roman Legionary and Border Reiver, used in our crest.  So impressed were we of his work we have commissioned more illustrations which are displayed in the Reception area, presented as

 

“Characters from the Centre of Britain”

ROMAN LEGIONARY - 122AD - 430AD (Roman Occupation)

VIKING RAIDER - 865AD  (Hexham Abbey sacked)

KING JOHN - 1207AD (Granted Haltwhistle's Market Charter)

BORDER REIVER - ca 1350-1601AD

GENERAL WADE - 1746 AD (Built the military Road)

BILLY HANCOCK - COLLIER - 1923-2005

 

As well as at the Centre of  Britain Hotel, Graham's illustrations have appeared at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester; The Archaeological Museum, Durham; Vindolanda; the Roman Army Museum; Hadrian's Wall; the Museu d' Historia de Tarragona; and the ‘Santi, Banchieri e Re’ exhibition in Ravenna. .