School trip to Roman Tours
Roman Tours can bring life to the story of the Roman invasion of Britain and the legacy of an empire nearly 2000 years ago.
Dressed as the 1st Century Roman Soldier (other character roles available), they engage pupils through curriculum-relevant role play, character acting, questioning and activities, providing a unique and dynamic educational experience around the period of the Roman invasion and settlement of Britain. Their costumes and equipment, are exact copies of real artefacts and equipment found through archaeology investigation, to ensure their representation is as accurate as possible.
They can specially tailor sessions for all schools and also cater for disabilities and special needs.
To compensate for the lack of historical remains, they bring along various replica artifacts such as a full marching pack, which includes the soldier’s rations, underwear, fire lighting kit, money, spare clothes, strigil, cooking pots, tools, wine and water, spices etc etc. They also have a second set of armour for students to try, and even ladies’ make-up and sponge for his… well, you’ll find out!
Using a dynamic combination of character acting, demonstrations, Q&A and role play they make the experience exciting and interactive to educate and interest any age group. They provide a curriculum-relevant experience for any level from key stage 2 all the way to AS and teacher training colleges.
School visits at the Grosvenor Museum
If you are bringing a school group to Chester (Deva), then there is no better way than to visit them through their partners at the Grosvenor Museum. A visit to the museum’s Roman exhibits and artefacts combined with a Roman soldier patrol is an ideal way to start the topic or reinforce any teaching that has been done already.
They also include worksheets to answer from information drawn from the exhibits themselves and a handling session with one of their education officers.
Groups arriving are met at the museum by a Roman soldier in full and authentic armour and brought to attention in the style of a sergeant major, who welcomes them to 25 years of service in the legion. They are then each given a set of specially made lightweight plastic imitation armour to wear.
The new recruits are then given an insight into the life of a Roman soldier and the rigours they must endure in the British climate. They swear an oath to the emperor before heading out on patrol to various Roman remains including Chester’s own amphitheatre.
Their visits are always interactive
Dressing pupil in armour.
Marching and formation practice including the tortoise (testudo), they provide the shields you provide the missiles.
Full marching pack (impedimenta), which includes the soldier’s rations, underwear, fire lighting kit, money, spare clothes, strigil, cooking pots, tools.
Various artefacts including domestic pottery, jewellery, oil lamps, magnifiers, glassware and grinding stones.
A day at the Grosvenor Museum includes
- A Roman soldier patrol and legionary formation training in Chester wearing armour
- Time in the museum galleries
- A free lunch room for schools
- Museum Workroom and artefact handling session
- A visit to the museum shop.
- The day starts at 10.30am ends at 2.30pm