Our S3 Latin students are currently investigating the effects of the Roman occupation of Britain. To get a flavour of how this took place locally, they visited Doncaster Museum.

The museum curator explained the importance of Doncaster as a garrison for the travelling Roman army. She also gave the pupils an insight into how archaeologists work and catalogue their finds.

The pupils were allowed to handle a range of items discovered in South Yorkshire. These included cooking utensils, mosaic tesserae, coins and jewellery.

The museum is moving to a bigger space in 2020, and to round off the seminar we examined some of the new items which will go on display. Birkdale pupils were thrilled to be invited to write captions for these, for use when the display opens to the public.

They also tried on replica Roman armour and soon realised how fit a legionary needed to be!