Cooking with Lucia – a taste of Roman history

What did the Romans eat two thousand years ago? How did they cook and clean at the time of Venta Belgarum? Did they really eat dormice dipped in honey?


To find out the answers, drop-in to the City Museum on Saturday 28th November to meet and talk to Lucia, a Roman Lady, about everyday domestic life. Visitors will be able to see, touch and smell a variety of herbs, foods and mixtures on Lucia’s table. You will even be able to smell the Roman version of ketchup – if you dare – which is made from three-month-old fish!


After exploring the traditions of Roman cooking, each visitor will be able to take a traditional Roman recipe away with them to try out at home.


Robin Iles, Winchester City Council’s Museums Education Officer said: “This free event at the City Museum promises to give a fascinating insight into Roman life. It should appeal to schoolchildren studying the Romans. The City Council’s museums are always looking out for new family friendly events that will be popular with local people and tourists.”


Cllr Patricia Stallard, portfolio holder for heritage, culture and sport, said: “This new event reveals a fascinating and influential period of history in Winchester – the birth of modern society as we know it. The Roman lady, Lucia, will help bring the city’s Roman history alive for today’s inhabitants. It promises to be a really interesting event.”


You can meet Lucia at the City Museum on Saturday the 28th November from to and Admission is free.