The Romans Return

Press Release: 09/02/2009

A Roman Soldier

The Romans will be invading the City Museum in Winchester this half-term.

A legionary soldier in full military dress and a lady in all her finery will be visiting the museum in The Square from Thursday 19 February to Saturday 21 February.  Both are from the Legio Secunda Augusta Living History Society.

Each day between 10am and 5pm visitors will be able to find out how the people of Venta Belgarum, the old Roman city of Winchester, lived nearly two thousand years ago.

Sher Kent of Winchester City Council Museums Service said:

"We are always delighted to be able to host re-enactment events like this, as they are very popular with people of all ages and really help to bring the past to life. During the three day ‘invasion’ there will be lots to see and do. There will be replica Roman objects to handle, you can see the museum’s displays of real Roman jewellery, coins and mosaics, and maybe even have your photo taken standing next to a Roman. So remember to bring a camera!”

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Culture and Sport at Winchester City Council, said:

“This event portrays a fascinating and influential period of history in Winchester – the birth of modern society as we know it.  These entertaining and informative re-enactors will help bring the city’s Roman history alive for today’s inhabitants. It promises to be a really interesting three days.”

Admission to this event is FREE – you just need to turn up! Opening hours: 10am – 5pm each day.  For more details call the City Museum 01962 863 064, email: or visit