roman-revelsII_232 (C) Dorset AONBRoman Revels June 2011

This year's Roman Revels event took place at Dorchester's Roman Town House on  8th & 9th June 2011. Schools from Weymouth, Portesham and Dorchester took part in two days of workshops exploring the curriculum in the outdoor environment. The pupils took part in science, drama and creative writing activities. A storyteller was also on hand to enchant the children with the tale of Romulus and Remus. A surprise visitor, all the way from Ancient Rome arrived at lunch time to entertain the picnicing classes. The Roman legionary later marched the groups around the town house site.

A resource pack was created to support the day, with ideas for drama, storytelling and creative writing using an historic site, archaeological and reproduction artefacts. The resource is available for you to download here: Case Study: Roman Revels

Roman Revels May 2010

Following 2009's Mai Dun Marvels, a successful Iron Age event for schools at Maiden Castle a similar experience for Key Stage 2 pupils was organised in 2010, this time with a Roman theme. The venue was  Dorchester's unique Roman Town House

The event was connected to the Dorchester Roman Festival on 22nd and 23rd May, with Roman re-enactors Legio II Augusta setting up camp at Maumbury Rings.

Over two days 220 children took part in a series of workshops and demonstration activities on site Each day will be open to several classes with a range of workshops and activities provided on site.

Mai dun Marvels June 2009

Schools were invited to join the SDR Heritage Project and English Heritage at Maiden Castle on 19th June 2009 for a very special Iron Age themed day.

This was a free event for schools and the day ran from 10am to 2pm. Pupils took part in whole group activities such as bartering at a marketplace and joining a parade as well as finding out more about daily life in smaller sessions. Preparations for the day include a free workshop at school before the visit.