Crazy Catapults inspired by the Romans in Yorkshire

Places to Visit in Yorkshire

Below are listing Museums in the region that have activities on Romans or Roman objects in their collections. Why not visit one of them to gain inspiration and learn more about the Romans.

Yorkshire Museum & Gardens, Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR

Three Roman based workshops are available at the Yorkshire Museum: Fire Away! The Force of Roman Catapults
Exploring Eboracum: Life in Roman York (Archaeology based)
Masks : create a play around one of the six characters in the Roman Gallery and use artefacts as part of a set.
The catapult workshop is a great place to start your challenge. The refurbished museum contains a large Roman Gallery with many Roman objects.  For bookings T: 01904 650333

The Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, York, YO1 7JL

The Haunted Cellar - Don't go down to the cellars alone! Legend has it that when workmen were repairing the cellars, they saw a frightening apparition of a group of Roman legionnaires marching past. The ghosts were only visible above the knees, as if their lower legs were cut off. Excavations later revealed that a Roman road ran beneath the cellar floor, just where the ghostly legionnaires were marching. For more information and bookings T: 01904 624247

The Colour Experience, 1 Providence Street, Bradford, BD1 2PW

The Colour Experience offers a full day's activities involving a craft workshop making a Roman Centurion's Helmet and a museum visit, which can include information on the use of colour in the Roman period. For more information, or to book a workshop T:01274 725138 

Craven Museum & Gallery, Town Hall, High St. Skipton, BD23 1AH

Half day free visit for up to a class of children based around investigating archaeological material from Gargrave Roman Villa. A part-led education session is available where, children will have the opportunity to handle and study a small collection of locally found Roman material as part of a visit to the museum.

Contact: Lorraine Greenald, Museum Officer T:01756 706407

Ilkley Manor House Museum, Castle Yard, Church St, Ilkley LS29 9DT
Roman Fort of Olicana. Situated in the grounds behind the Manor House is a small section of ruined walling that was once part of the Western defensive wall of the Roman Fort Olicana. Two workshops are available to schools: Roman Archaeology & History and Roman Drama Cui Bono? Both workshops are led by museum staff.

For more details T: 01943 600066

Malton Museum, Old Town Hall, Market Place, Malton, N. Yorks, YO17 7LP

Explore the Roman objects and evidence displayed from local excavations, marvel at the products of the potteries Norton and Crambeck and admire the elegance of the villa at Langton. Discover nearby Orchard Fields where the ramparts of the Roman Fort can be explored. The education room contains several activities including dressing up in Roman costume, grinding corn into flour and mosaic making. The museum also has two Roman costume Loans Boxes for use by Schools.

Ask for details of the Roman Legacy special activities for primary schools. Teachers Pack available. Pre-booking essential T: 01653 695136.

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster DN1 2AE

Romans and Celts in this Area, a 2 hour long workshop which includes, discussion with costume (including Roman armour), guided tour of the Roman Gallery with activity sheets provided, and archaeology handling session, led by a Museum Education Officer.

T: 01302 734288

Wakefield Museum,
Wood Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2EW

Wakefield Museum has a display on Romans, which includes artefacts and information about the Roman site of Lagentium, modern day Castleford. Resources currently available include a 'Studying the Romans at Wakefield Museum' teacher's pack, and handling boxes, which can be used on site with a selection of real and replica objects to explore. This includes a set of reproduction armour. All resources and visits are free. More details T: 01924 302700.

Clifton Park Museum, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, S65 2AA

Clifton Park Museum has extensive Roman displays showing finds from the Roman fort at Templeborough. Educator led workshops on ‘The Romans in Rotherham’ are available and look at the lives of the soldiers stationed at the fort.

For booking and more information Tel: 01709 336633.

Leeds City Museum, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 8BH
Bringing the Romans to Life: Soldiers and Invaders
2 hour workshop for KS2, QCA links: History unit 6a 
Pupils will take part in various activities – such as a gigantic timeline of history, a craft activity and drawing from objects, to better understand how we can use objects and evidence to learn about the Romans. There is a particular emphasis on the Romans as soldiers.
Contact: 0113 2243730

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