NZ3066 : Latin sign at Wallsend Metro Station

taken 5 years ago, near to Willington, North Tyneside, Great Britain

Latin sign at Wallsend Metro Station
Latin sign at Wallsend Metro Station
Locus vbi necesse est tesseram tenere.
The place where it is necessary to hold a ticket.

Latin signage at Wallsend Metro Station was part of a wider project called 'Pontis' by the artist Michael Pinsky (2003). Some of the signage was retained and renewed during the refurbishment of the station in 2013.

As part of the wider project Michael realised a series of digitised photographs taken around Wallsend, with the text on road signs, shops, advertising posters etc. all translated into Latin by Professor Donald Hill from the Classics Department at the University of Newcastle. These created a bold and witty blend of the ancient and modern, particularly when there is no Latin equivalent for certain modern words and phrases. The Jobcentre became the Forum Venalicium (slave market) and Woolworths became Domus Lana Dignorum (the house of those worthy of wool). The photographs were originally displayed throughout the station and were complemented by the permanent installation of bi-lingual signage, English and Latin, such as Noli Fumare/No Smoking. A large map, H Murus, showing Hadrianís Wall and the main Roman road network in the north of England, in the style of the Tyne and Wear Metro map, was also produced to provide unexpected information and a subtle bridge between past and present.
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The map is no longer on display but can be seen here NZ3066 : Hadrian's Wall map, Wallsend Metro station

Two of the earlier signs can be seen here NZ3066 : Latin spoken here
NZ3066 : Wallsend Metro Station No Smoking sign
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Friday, 20 November, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 23 November, 2015
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