Meet the Romans

Press Release: 12/02/2013

Romans at Winchester Museum

There will be a mini-invasion of Romans at Winchester City Museum this half-term - a free event for all the family to enjoy.

A legionary soldier in full military dress and a lady in all her finery will be visiting the museum in The Square on Friday 22 February and Saturday 23 February. Both are from the Legio Secunda Augusta Living History Society.

On both days 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 2,000 years ago. This promises to be a great opportunity for children studying the Romans at school.

Robin Iles, Education Officer at Winchester City Council Museums, 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 two-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 fabulous 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 Culture, Heritage 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 couple of days.

As an additional attraction, on Friday 22 February at 2.30pm, visitors will be able to meet archaeologist Dr Hella Eckardt from the University of Reading, who will explain how experts have built up a picture of the lives of two of Winchester’s Roman inhabitants for the new website ‘Romans Revealed’.

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