Roman Presentations and
Workshops at Schools
I will attend your school in a Roman toga,
bringing along vast quantity of resources, and present Ancient Roman sessions with experiences, sights and
smells that the pupils will never forget! Good value is offered with affordable
All ages are covered, from pre-school to
sixth form college, key stages 1 - 4. My aim is to bring that "wow factor" to studying history and my
sessions are ideal either to kick off the start of the Romans topic or to consolidate a period of past
study. Everything that I bring can be handled for examination and activities are organized to keep the
pupils engaged and entertained.
The weapons and military artefacts that I
bring include lorica iron armour, leather roman armour, helmets with plumes made from horse's hair, a full
size scutum (roman shield), spears (both hasta and pillum), daggers encrusted with jewels and mounted
in gold, and two types of Roman swords or gladius. The Ancient Celts would have fought with a slingshot and
cudgel as well as a recurve bow and arrows - I bring these along as well. The children are
invited to hold all the weapons but under supervision to ensure complete safety in the classroom or school
Of course roman and celtic weaponry forms a
small part of all the historical resources that I bring to the workshops. Everyday utensils used for
cooking and eating can be examined as well as ancient jewellery, tools, personal items, coins, writing
and a good selection of costume for dressing up. Even some incense used to worship the many Roman gods can be
smelt...it is made from an original recipe using dried berries, roots and aromatic gums.
Pupils are shown how wool was spun into long
thread after teasing from a sheepskin - and they can try for themselves. They are encouraged to produce
artwork making a rubbing from ancient celtic zoomorphic carvings, and at the end a prize or two is given to
the best attempts. I bring along a selection of hand made toys which would have been used by Roman
children. Did you know the Romans played with finger puppets?
Workshops normally cover the Roman
invasion of Celtic Britain and its consequences. We examine the difference the invasions would have made to
people's lives, both adverse in the beginning, but eventually leading to positive improvements as the roman
Pupil are encouraged to discover why Roman society was so successful for many, but at the cost of the slaves under
We look at the ancient celtic tribes and their leaders. Amongst the many costumes that can be tried on are a druids
cloak made from many types of fur and heavy quality leather Roman armour complete with singulem.
Some of the resources that can handled by
everyone are genuine antiquities from the period, normally seen only in a museum behind glass. Others
are hand made replicas or reproductions not normally available to the public.
My aim is for the visit to be great fun
as well as instructive, and normally pupils are disappointed when the session is at an