A Roman Venture at Winchester's City Museum

Hundreds of families enjoyed a mini Roman invasion at the museum this half-term - made possible by sponsorship from a local business.

In the first partnership event of its kind for Winchester City Council, the museum service teamed up with Venture Photographers to bring Legio Secunda Augusta Living History Society to town for three days.

The Parchment Street studio funded the visit which gave families the chance to find out how the people of Venta Belgarum, the old Roman city of Winchester, lived nearly two thousand years ago.

As part of the deal Venture is offering a one-hour family portrait session, preview of images and a complimentary 10x8inch print to the first 50 families who bring a promotional flyer into the Winchester studio from the Roman event.

Studio manager, Andy Lakin, said: "We've already had a good response from families coming into to register. We offer something different in terms of portraiture at Venture - we try to capture the characteristics and hobbies of people in the pictures. "I think that really appeals to the kind of people and the age range that are visiting the museum for this event."

Portfolio holder for culture, heritage and sport, Cllr Patricia Stallard, said: "I welcome the partnership between a Winchester business like Venture Photography and Winchester Museums. I hope the success of this event will encourage other companies to work with us in 2007 and beyond."

The event was also supported by Arts & Business South East. Winchester Museums and Venture Photography have received match funding from the A&B New Partners scheme which is designed to encourage first-time sponsorship of arts and heritage projects.