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The City of London is being transported back to Roman London with Londinium: a season of gripping events and activities including a two day family event Art & Archaeology in the Amphitheatre. Centred around the City of London’s Roman heritage, there will be plenty of fun and engaging activities ideally suited to children at KS2 studying Roman history.

 

All the activities are free and take place 8-9 August.

 

Highlights include:

 

The Big Dig: grab a hard hat and a trowel and join the team from the Museum of London to excavate the trenches of the Big Dig in Guildhall Yard. Experts will be on hand to show how to record, analyse, identify and interpret finds and, piece by piece, uncover the fascinating world of early Londoners. Join an object handling session and hold genuine Roman antiquities with a trained archaeologist in the Amphitheatre.

 

Caroline Lawrence: awarding-winning author of the children’s best-selling book series The Roman Mysteries, will be leading workshops on how to write a Roman mystery. She’ll explain how she finds her inspiration in art and objects, develops characters like Flavia and Nubia, and may even reveal a secret or two from her new Roman Quests series set in Roman Britain.

 

Art and craft: get crafty in the amphitheatre and make a Roman terracotta lamp based on Roman designs, fashion mosaics with tissue paper or even recreate the Roman London cityscape in an all-day drawing session.

 

Gladiators: the bloody thirsty entertainment of the ancient world, hear about the lives of gladiators and their experiences as they battled in the amphitheatre. Then, armour up in warrior attire and learn a few sword moves.

 

Liberiorum Londinium: each day starts with Liberiorum Londinium (Children’s London), a family friendly walk that introduces children to life as a Roman citizen. Discover the remains of the Ro­man fort and what life was like as a militis (soldier), shop for foods that the Romans would have eaten, visit the entertainments at the amphitheatre, and learn a little Latin along the way.

 

Events will run throughout the day between 11am and 4.45pm. Please check the website for individual event dates and times.

Spaces at all activities are limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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