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The Iron Age and Roman Britain

Interactive History School Visits, Workshops and Learning Activities

Let us bring the WOW factor into your classrooms with our fun and informative Iron Age and Roman learning days.  Find out about our Celtic ancestors and what life would have been like in the Roman army in the time of the invasion of Britain in 43AD. We can bring to life these topics with our interactive workshops throughout the day.

We love working with primary and secondary schools across Sussex, Surrey and Kent on their Ks1, Ks2 and Ks3 history curriculum topics.

 

The Iron Age and Roman Britain

From 600BC when the use of iron from making weapons and tools replaced bronze our Celtic ancestors would have lived and fought each other throughout Britain until in AD43 the Romans under the emperor Claudius sent their legions to invade Britain and to fight the Celts and conquer our island.

 

"I found it interesting when we talked about animals, how they were hunted and the skins were used for clothing and shoes"

 - Student

 

Artefacts Created for Workshops

For our Iron Age and Roman school visits we have researched and recreated the following artefacts for use during your day:

 

  • Full set of Iron Age Celtic armour and the armour, arms and equipment that would have been used by a Centurion and ordinary legionary during the Invasion of Britain.
  • The weapons, shields and equipment that would have been used by both sides during the Roman Invasion.  Everything from long Celtic sword to the Roman gladius, the Celts’ hunting spear and the Romans’ pilum as well as the everyday kit and rations a soldier would have carried on campaign including the sponge on a stick!
  • Small shields and foam swords for everyone to use learning shield wall tactics.  Students can advance and attack their teachers whilst the teachers fight back with large foam balls.  Do you think you could form a tortoise formation with your friends?
  • A full set of fur-on skins and skulls to represent the animals the warriors would have hunted in their free time including bear, wolf, European bison and elk, fox, badger, otter, beaver, lynx and roe and red deer
  • The clothing, jewellery and everyday items that the warrior and his family would wear and use at home and a visit to a Roman market stall with a pocket full of our reproduction Roman money to spend. 
  • The tools and chains of a slave working for the Roman family
  • A saddle corn quern as used by the Celts and a rotary quern as used by the Romans for grinding down grain into flour. 
  • A flint and steel to make fire the Iron Age way with a genuine Roman striker.

 

 

Activities Agenda

During an Iron Age/ Roman history workshop your class will:

 

  • Roll out our very long timeline tape to show just how long ago the Iron Age and the Classical period was and look at our painted-on leather maps to demonstrate how the Romans invaded Britain in the south east and then spread their conquests right up to Scotland and Hadrian’s Wall.
  • See teachers dressed as a Celtic warrior in his full armour and a Centurion and legionary in the Roman army.
  • Go outside for a fire lighting demonstration and to witness how high and far a Roman recurve bow can shoot compared to a Celtic traditional wooden bow.
  • Imagine what life would be like training as a warrior and using hunting as a way to train for war as well as supply meat to feed the army.  We can illustrate this with the wide range of reproductions of the equipment that we have made in exactly the same way our ancestors did.
  • Try on the helmets, body armour and hold the shields, swords and spears we have made to fit them.
  • Enjoy a handling session with the animal furs of everything from a European bison to a bear, wolf and roe deer. A fun quiz where your students try to match 5 furs and 5 skulls with 5 pictures of different animals follows.
  • Everyone can have a turn on the saddle corn quern and the rotary quern to get a feel for what hard work it is to mill flour. The Roman rotary quern is much more efficient, but it is still all part of life's ‘daily grind'!
  • Visit the Roman military doctor and learn how he would use a urine sample to work out what was wrong with you and have a smell at some of his very special medicines that he will treat his patient with.  Then watch him operating on a wounded legionary (teacher) cutting off his/her damaged lower left leg!
  • Stay with the Roman Centurion at his home with his wife and children and their slave.
  • Take part in a question and answer session to finish the visit and reinforce the day's learning.

 

 

"We all learnt such a lot from enthusiasts who obviously love their subject" 

- Teacher, East Sussex school

 

History Resources Box

To enable you to make the most of our visit we provide a History Resources Box* filled with interesting items from your chosen time period absolutely free. This complimentary box will arrive one month prior to your booking and we will collect it at the end of our visit. (Or you can choose to have it for one month after our workshop.) Boxes might include various items from arrow heads and clothing to fire lighting flint and steel, plus all those little items they needed for every day living. Teachers have found these resource boxes brilliant for helping with their programmes of work and lesson plans.

*We regret we can only provide History Resources Boxes to schools within a 10 mile radius of our location at this time (Horam, East Sussex).

 

Full Day or Half Day School History Workshops

School visits can be booked for: 
Full Day 09:00 AM - 15:15 PM* - £550+ VAT 
Half Day 09:00 AM - Lunch (For schools within 15 mile radius of TN21 only) - £375+ VAT

Mileage fees of .50p plus VAT per mile will apply to schools that are beyond a 15 mile radius of TN21. 

*You may choose to cover 2 different time periods in a full day as a cost-effective way to teach different year groups on the same visit.

Don't forget we cover a whole range of historic periods from Stone Age to WW2. 


Contact us  today and also ask us to put together a special Bespoke History Day.  We have just done one called "The Plague and the Fire of London" and another focusing on "Thomas à Becket and Henry II".


We are based in Horam, near Eastbourne in East Sussex and typically work with schools across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.