The RMRS Civilian team
has developed a series of displays depicting Roman life
in the First Century A.D.
The Surgeon - With surgical instruments that are recognisable
even to doctors today. Some with a gruesome history.
2. A Roman Kitchen - With cooking pots, pottery
dishes, cutlery and food that will surprise and delight.
Come and taste a genuine Roman recipe!
3. The Scribe - Come and see
Latin being written, and even try your hand at it yourself!
Many examples of Roman writing to view - see copies of the political
posters from Pompeii, graffiti, curses, and more.
4. Roman Religion- With a backdrop
of Mithras slaying the bull, see how varied Roman religion was
and, how vitally important it was to everyone's lives.
5. Children's Toys - Toys have always been fascinating
from other centuries, now we can show you toys from the Roman
period. Toys were not so sophisticated then, but things
are not so different. After all, how many parents buy expensive
toys to find the child will play with the box more than the toy
6. Children's Tunics - How
did the children dress in the First Century? Get your child to
try on a toga, think of the photographs! Bespoke armour
for the smaller legionary also available to try!
7. Roman Stories and Poetry - For
children of all ages from 3 to 103, the myths and legends of the
Roman period, some of them pinched from the Greeks! Come
and laugh, cry and feel every emotion.
8. Roman Medicinal Herbs - Our
apothecary can show you herbs that were used for many different
purposes than they are today. Includes many herbs that are
unusual but are once again becoming popular with the herbalist
9. Mosaics - Used for centuries,
by various different cultures, these beautiful decorations are
displayed, and you even can make your own!
10. Spinning, weaving and dyeing
- A very important industry. Spinning and dyeing were
often carried out at home, and the women of the household
would weave the whole family's clothes.
Hair and Makeup - Make-up!
You would be surprised at what they used on their faces, squashed
flies for instance, to make mascara! The hairstyles, from
the simple to the positively outrageous.
civilian re-enactors, like the army, wear realistically authentic
dress, with jewellery, shoes, tunics, hairpins etc. Some
even wear wigs!