Join the Fishbourne Roman Army this half-term for a day of challenges at Fishbourne Roman Palace during Roman Army Week, (29th October – 2nd November).
Sign up with the recruitment officer and write your name in Latin before completing a range of tasks to ‘earn’ a days pay. Soldiers will have to fall into line under the watchful eye of the Drill Officer and parade around the formal gardens of the Palace. Master ‘sword’ and ‘spear’ practice, learn about the medicines used 2,000 years ago and see how soldiers relaxed by playing board games. Taste Roman-style food and acquire your own SPQR ‘tattoo’ and a fake wound if you are brave enough!
Try other skills on offer during the event, including archery, ‘stone’ throwing and dressing-up Roman-style. Once you have completed certain activities, you can return to the recruitment officer, who will issue you with a certificate and a (replica) Roman coin as your first day’s pay!
Normal admission charges apply. Activities run from 10am to 4pm, Monday – Friday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that some activities are weather dependent.
Visitors can also access the rest of the museum during this event – and discover objects from 2,000 years ago, take a guided tour and gain a different perspective on the biggest collection of early mosaic floors north of Rome. Fishbourne Roman Palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain. Uncovered in 1960, the north wing of this remarkable building remains an important visitor attraction and archaeological site for anyone interested in learning about Roman art and architecture.
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Published 21st October 2012
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