Roman Britain

We offer a choice of Roman Britain workshops (click the link for each listing):

 

In-School Day

Arrive in 60 AD: the Romans occupy Britain, and unrest grows. The widowed Iceni queen, Boudica, seeks to overthrow Roman rule – as do the Trinovantes. In her fury, Boudica wipes out whole communities. No one knows where she might strike next.

Our staff painstakingly researched Roman Britain to create a new historical narrative for our Roman Day. Our new day places the children in a Roman fort occupied by the Roman IX Legion, completing work on the fort’s principal buildings.

As the children work, news arrives that Boudica is winning important battles, including destroying Colchester, London, St Albans and the IX Legion’s infantry. What will happen to the IX Legion? Will the fort be safe?

Choice of Afternoons

For groups of 60 or fewer, we now offer a choice of activities on our Roman afternoons:

  • Suitcase Investigation: The children are asked by the Roman government to investigate the belongings of soldiers, civilians, Britons and slaves. They determine who the people were, what their role in the Rebellion might have been, and whether one of them may have been a Boudican spy! The afternoon allows the children to handle a variety of high-quality reproductions while reinforcing what they learned about the Romans and the Boudican Rebellion in the morning.
  • Feast: This is our traditional afternoon in which the children celebrate the Roman victory with a small amount of food, music, mimes, dances and plays. (We default to the feast for larger groups up to 90 children.)

We are happy to provide either afternoon depending on what level you feel your children can handle (the suitcase afternoon is a bit more challenging than the feast). Please let us know your preference when booking.

(View our risk assessment of the day’s activities in a new tab.)
 

How You Contribute to the Day

To make the most of your children’s day, please help us with the following:

  • Adult helpers: The number of children participating determines how many work stations our Teacher brings. Please recruit a corresponding number of adults (teachers, TAs, parents) to oversee the activities and the afternoon session. (Your booking form lists the exact number needed.)
  • The school hall: Please reserve the school hall for the full day (it is not a problem if it is used for lunch).
  • Food: Please provide a small amount of food for the afternoon banquet. (It is a very small amount that helps set the scene — you can find details in the booklet when it arrives.)
  • Costumes: Please encourage the children to dress up in simple costumes. It helps them feel the part.

Please note that we still require adult helpers for in-school days. If this conflicts with your schools coronavirus policies, please let us know — a virtual workshop might be a better option for your school.
 

What to Wear

Costumes need not be complicated — we suggest the following “homemade” alternatives:

  • Boys or Girls: A knee-length sleeveless tunic with a belt and sandals. (A plain large T-shirt will do.)

For those who prefer, we offer a bespoke costume service through History Off the Peg. We sell inexpensive costumes for both children and adults.

View costume options and pricing on our website, www.historyoffthepeg.co.uk. Place an order by sending an e-mail containing your name, your school, the date of the event, the topic, your child’s age and your child’s size to ddworkshop@icloud.com.

 

Virtual Workshop


Welcome to Roman Verulamium (modern day St Albans) in the year 275 AD. Your hostess, Claudia – a merchant’s wife – proudly introduces the children to the many technological advancements that the Romans brought to Iron Age Britain. The marvels she explores include:

  • well built roads
  • rectangular houses with divided rooms
  • decorative mosaic floors
  • underfloor heating systems
  • piped water systems
  • flushing toilets
  • public baths

 

How Does the Workshop Work?

The new workshops consist of two key elements:

  • A box packed with individual activities kits for each child in your group (plus a few extra, just in case). The kits contain up to six activities, which the children can do at their own desks.
  • A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers that leads the children through the narrative and gives purpose to the activities they do along the way.

The workshops can take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.

Our school trials so far indicate that they can fill up to half a day.

For a small additional fee, you can also choose to add on an hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, is a chance to add extra engagement to the day – the children can prepare questions, take notes from the answers, discuss artefacts and explore the materials used to make them, and generally probe further into the learning.

 

What Activities are Included?

Six finished crafts are shown, including a sponge on a stick, writing on parchment, a Roman mortar, a mosaic tile, an embossed foil card and a Nine Men's Morris game.
Items children can make during the virtual Roman workshop.

As mentioned, each child will receive an activities kit to match the video. There are a few basic supplies such as PVA glue, scissors, and pencils that the school will need to provide, but otherwise the children will receive the necessary materials to make six projects:

  • A mosaic tile
  • A sponge on a stick
  • A Nine Men’s Morris game (made with fabric and clay)
  • A Roman brooch made of copper foil
  • Roman lettering on parchment
  • A mortarium (Roman mortar and pestle) from clay

The workshop will also come with an information sheet for teachers, which will detail the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.
 

How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?

The pricing scheme is straightforward. We charge £300.00 for the first 30 children, plus £6.00 for each additional child (the costs are inclusive of 20% VAT, which the school can claim back.) Shipping is free.

The optional hour of video conferencing with one of our knowledgeable teachers can be purchased for an additional £60.00 (incl. 20% VAT).
 

How Do I Book a Workshop?

Please feel free to contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.

Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, there is no limit on when they can be ordered. Once full payment is received, we can turn them around and get them into schools within days. (Or they can be ordered well ahead and delivery scheduled – it is very flexible.)
 

Photos of the In-School Day: