Romans return to Wickham

Nearly two thousand years after their first ‘visit’ to Wickham, the Romans will be returning on 12 September 2009 at the Church Room, Wickham.

From 10am until 7pm, a free exhibition will detail the transition from Iron Age Britain to Roman Britain.

As well as Iron Age and Roman archaeological finds - some of which will be on public display for the first time - there will be a Roman re-enactor to talk about life in Roman times, Roman costumes for children to try on, and a lecture on archaeological finds.

The exhibition will take a fresh look at the Roman invasion. It will tell the story of how Hampshire and southern Britain was influenced by the Romans and how we became part of the Roman Empire in AD 43.

Recently discovered early Roman burial goods and a coin hoard will go on public display for the first time along with many other Iron Age and Roman archaeological finds; some of which are from the private collections of Wickham residents.

The day will end with a talk by Rob Webley, Finds Liaison Officer for Hampshire, starting at 6pm. He will explain what people can do when they discover old and interesting items, and he will discuss some of the interesting finds made in the Wickham area.

The exhibition is completely free and is suitable for all ages. Why not bring the whole family along and enjoy a fascinating step back in time.

The exhibition is the first event organised by the recently formed Winchester District Community His
tory Partnership (CHiP).

CHiP brings together organisations with an interest in history from across the Winchester District. Members include local societies, schools, and museums. CHiP works closely with the City Council’s Museums. The exhibition will be available for other venues later this year. 

For more information, please contact Dick Selwood, Chairman, CHiP Steering Group, on Tel: 01962 853781.