National Roman Legion Museum
National Roman Legion Museum
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Almost 2000 years ago, the Roman Empire dominated the civilised world. Britain was its furthest outpost and, in AD 75, a fortress was founded at Caerleon which would guard the region for over 200 years. Today, at the Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon, you will learn what made the Romans a formidable force. You'll see how they lived, slept and ate; how they marched and practised for battle; which gods they worshipped, and which jewels they wore and valued. Children visiting in the holidays can dress up in Roman costume and take part in all sorts of activities, and they can visit the nearby Amphitheatre where specators watched real Gladiators battle to death. How did it feel to be a Roman soldier? Find out at the Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon. The Capricorn Centre is an exciting addition for schools and families. Step back in time into a full-size barrack room, try on a replica suit of armour, see how food was prepared, peel away the centuries to explore the life of a legionary soldier.
- 7 December 2013 11am-4pm *on now
The types of presents people get may have changed, but the idea of wanting to enjoy yourself has definitely stayed the same. We’ll be sharing some Roman food and drink with you – essential for a party; playing games, making Roman presents and rounding things off with a traditional Roman fight. You’ll also get to meet Saturn, who the festival is named after, and old meets new as there’ll be a visit from Father Christmas as well.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Hoops and Hearts Willow Workshop
- 8 February 2014 10am-5pm
The tradition of working with willow and wood to make baskets and decorations goes back thousands of years. In this workshop learn how to make gorgeous willow hoops and hearts – you could make them as presents, although you may not be able to bear to give them away! Please check with venue for updated times.
Adults £15.00 per person, all materials included. Advanced booking only.
The Roman Army
- 24 — 28 February 2014
Let your little soldier have a taste of life as a Roman Legionary. Wave goodbye to Mum and Dad for 25 years and join up to the Roman Legion.
Have at go at activities such as sword practice and marching and when you leave the army you’ll get a certificate.
- Any age
Families / £2 per child / Drop in. Last entry 15.30.
The Killing Blow: How to Fight Like a Gladiator
- 19 March 2014 10am-5pm
What was it like to fight in the arena? Gladiator contests were an exciting ancient sport. Descended from funeral feasts of important men, they have come to symbolise the Romans, despite showing these people at their most brutal and blood thirsty. Dai Price will show you how the different types of gladiators used their weapons in the life or death struggles that entertained the people of Rome and that still fascinate today. Please check with website for updated times.
Adults £3.50. Advanced Booking.
The Caerleon Challenge
This multimedia resource for schools focuses on the Fortress Baths, Caerleon. It is aimed at Year 3 children studying the Romans as part of their history curriculum.
The structured Microsoft PowerPoint presentation allows children to navigate through the tasks, and links to a multimedia resource bank provided by NMGW and CADW. It includes drawings, photos, video, virtual reality scenes and interactive drag-and-drop activities.
Tasks also link to web sites and history related books to assist children. The resource supports a visit to Roman Caerleon. NMGW also offer loan boxes to schools, containing replicas of items found at the Fortress Baths.
- The National Museum and Galleries of Wales
- Newport LEA
How to obtain
Available as a free downloadable zip file from the website.