Romans in Devon
Romans in Devon
Book a full day of up to 5 activities or a half-day of up to 3 activities in which the children will take an active role in their learning about life as a Romano Briton in the years following the invasion of Britain in AD43 and their arrival in Exeter in AD55. Our schools team will inform and guide the children throughout their Roman Devon visit. From £2.50 per child
We have five activities that can be booked, each taking approximately 30 minutes to complete:
- Home Life
- Tunics, Togas and Uniform
- Roman and Ancient British Tour
- Be a Roman Mosaicist and Scribe
- Visit the Roman Wall or Design Your Own Oil Lamp
Prices start at £2.50 per child for a half-day visit or £3.00 for a whole day visit or £4.50 including a private room for lunch. We recommend 8 to 12 students per activity to provide the best experience. The activities are aimed at Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 year old).
The sessions are available Tuesdays to Thursdays 10.30am to 2.30pm.
For further information or booking please contact email@example.com or telephone 01392 265858
Before you arrive
More activity information
What did Romano Britons’ have in their homes and what did they eat? Was it very different for rich and poor people? Through object handling, the children will gain an insight into life in a Roman Devon home. They can use a mortarium and pestillum, find out what Garum (Colatura) is and learn about the pottery and jewellery as well as how to use a strigil and spongia when visiting the public baths.
Tunics, Togas and Uniforms
What did a Roman and Romano Briton wear? The children will learn about the clothing and uniforms. There is the opportunity to try on some tunics and compare what girls and boys wore. They will learn who would wear a toga and how to wear one by dressing each other. How heavy was Roman armour? They can try some on and feel the weight.
Roman and Ancient British Tour
Find out about the arrival of a Roman Legion in Isca, the construction of the fortress and bathhouse. Discover what life was like in the civilian city of Isca Dumnonoirum when the legion left. What did the Romans leave behind in Devon and Exeter? Learn about the Seaton Down Hoard and view the complete coin hoard which is on permanent display.
Be a Roman Mosaicist and Scribe
How did the Romans make such amazing mosaic floors? The children will learn about the art of the mosaicist and have a go themselves using real Roman tesserae discovered beneath Exeter’s streets and buildings. What did Romans write on and what language did they use? They will be able to write words and phrases in Latin using styli and beeswax tablets.
Visit the Roman Wall or Design Your Own Oil Lamp
A choice of activity which could be weather-dependent.
- Visit and stand on the Roman Wall to get a feeling of the height and scale. The children will learn about the reasons for building the wall and where the stone came from. Using maps, artist’s impressions and our famous Hedgeland Model, they will consider how the wall and city have changed over 1800 years.
- Visit our Ancient Worlds gallery to look at the figurines and oil lamps. The children will learn about the history of oil lamps and how the ’Italian’ style became dominant throughout the Roman world including Britain. Using our template, they can design their own Roman oil lamp.