Meet the Romans

Press Release: 14/02/2014

Romans in Winchester

 A legionary soldier in full military kit and a Roman lady in all her finery will be visiting Winchester City Museum in The Square on Friday 21 February and Saturday 22 February (10am-5pm both days).

Visitors are invited to find out all about life in Venta Belgarum, the Roman city of Winchester.

There will be plenty to see and do at this free family event. 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.

Robin Iles, Education Officer at Winchester City Council Museums, said:

This promises to be a great opportunity for children studying the Romans at school. 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.

Cllr. Robert Humby, Deputy Leader at Winchester City Council, said:

Venta Belgarum was the fifth largest city in Roman Britain, and the displays at the City Museum reflect the everyday lives of the citizens of Roman Winchester nearly 2000 years ago. This event will help to bring alive this important period of Winchester’s history for the city’s families today.

As an additional attraction, on Friday 21 February, visitors will be able to meet Peter Brugger from the University of Southampton, who is looking at the potential of 3-D printing technology in museums and will be showing 3-D prints of artefacts including some from the Winchester Museums Collections.

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 museums@winchester.gov.uk or visit www.winchester.gov.uk/museums