Meet the Romans: Roman Themed Family Activity Day

Date: Saturday 16th July

Start Time: 10am – 2pm

Price: Included with museum admission price. Existing annual pass holders are free.

Categories: Roman cookery and tasters, Children’s themed crafts, Object handling and stories.

Festival of Archaeology Fringe Event

Cows’ udders stuffed with salted sea urchins, a patina of brains baked with milk and eggs and boiled tree fungi with peppered fish fat sauce. Although it might sound like the ingredients for a particularly gruesome bush tucker trial, these are some of the delicacies that would feature on a typical Roman menu.

Visitors will have the opportunity to sample some Roman recipes – but will be relieved to know that cows’ udders and baked brains are not on the tasting menu. Former school teacher Sue Day, a volunteer at the museum, will be preparing simpler Roman fayre in the museum kitchen and telling us how everyday foods of today came over with the Romans.

Families have the chance to handle real and replica artefacts and find out what everyday life was like in Roman times in our learning centre. Children can also make paper mosaic pictures and their own gladiator helmets in the Learning Centre.

Be sure to visit our Landscape Gallery to see items in the collection from the Romano-British villa at Tarrant Hinton, including one of only two Roman force pumps known in Britain and find our about the Roman Roads that are all around us. In the garden, take a moment to seek out the Roman Herb trough and bus shelter made with actual Roman tiles and tesserae.

Tearoom will be open for refreshments, cake and light lunches from 10am-3pm

Included in Museum ticket price. Free entry to existing annual pass holders. Children under 5 go free.