Roman Event June 2009

Something for the young…

The events held in 2009 have given the Museum an opportunity to reach out to the younger members of our town. We have been forging links with local schools and working with teachers and students. None of this work would be affordable without the generous support of the local Lewellyn Palmer Trust.

After the toddlers ‘Welly Walk’, Fitzmaurice pupils and St Laurence students visited the Avon River project in the spring. In July we had enthusiastic children of all ages taking part in the Iron Age Open Day.

The Roman Day in September was a great success. The Ermine Street Guard brought a huge presence to the centre of Bradford and connected with our activities in the meeting room. Hundreds of young people made helmets, chariots and dressed as Romans. Alex, a former St Laurence pupil, manned the coin making equipment and was so busy he ran out of blanks. We were fortunate to loan materials for these activities from the Wiltshire Heritage Museum at Devizes.

The Library Meeting Room proved an ideal venue for activities – though we did move the Roman coin production outside the building as the thumps were overpowering downstairs!

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