Children say ‘We Love the Romans!’ at Leeds City Museum

Monday 3 November 2014

WEB Leah Turner and Josie SimpsonChildren from across the city had the chance to do as the Romans do during a fun-packed activity day at half-term.

The ‘We Love the Romans’ event at Leeds City Museum in half-term was run in partnership with The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) and gave families an exciting opportunity to explore the Roman Empire without leaving their home city. Leeds City Museum currently has on show over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum while it hosts the ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ touring exhibition, which runs until 4 January 2015.

Visitors to ‘We Love the Romans’ tried on Roman armour for size, dug in with an archaeologist, designed Roman inspired helmets, shields and swords and practised their marching. The museum’s tiger mascot, Emperor Rorius Maximus, put visitors through their paces with some tricky challenges based on clues dotted around the galleries.

Natalie Burns, learning and access officer at Leeds City Museum, said: “Today’s theme of the Romans has caught the imagination of younger and older children alike, and builds on our popular key stage 2 workshops that we run at the museum.”

Eight-year-old Leah Turner attends Burley Oaks Primary School and said: “We’re going to study the Romans at school next half-term and now I’m really excited about it. I loved dressing up in the armour.”

‘We love the Romans’ was the latest in a series of fun and educational holiday workshops organised through a partnership between Leeds City Museum and GSAL. The next event will be ‘We Love Ancient Egypt’, which takes place at the museum on 20 February, in half-term.

Helen Clapham, director of external relations at GSAL, said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Leeds City Museum – over the last two years we’ve teamed up to develop a programme of holiday activities for families which have proved very popular.

“Hosted at the museum our events make the most of the museum’s range of attractions to bring topics alive for young children, they are in an accessible city location and are completely free!”

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