Classical Civilisation – Roman Legacy

Help students understand the legacy of the Roman’s by investigating the villa’s architectural features and artefacts. The Latin language will be brought to life by the fascinating postcards found at Vindolanda Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, and by using replica ink pens to write their own postcard. Students can handle replica armour and weapons.

Discover the methods used to treat wounds and illnesses by investigating high quality replica medical equipment. Our garden contains many medicinal herbs used in the Roman era. A visit to the villa is an excellent way to increase understanding of how evidence is used to make historical claims and why different interpretations of the past have been constructed.

This workshop is designed for visits to Newport Roman Villa but is also available for delivery in schools.

About Newport Roman Villa

When the owners of a nearby house sank new foundations for a garage in 1926, they made an incredible discovery. It was the site of a Roman farmhouse that had been built around the year 280 AD. The Romans were fine designers and engineers and this is reflected in the remains of the villa, much of which is still in excellent condition: including one of the best preserved domestic bath houses in Britain.

Newport Roman Villa has a dedicated education room. The Education Officer is a trained archaeologist and qualified teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience. Each workshop is designed to match the curriculum needs of each visiting group. Activities are very hands-on and use a variety of approaches to ensure all learning styles are accommodated. Pre and post visit resources are available.

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Key information

Level: Key stage 3 to A Level

Curriculum links: History, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Latin, Medicine Through Time

Duration: 2hrs

Pupil numbers: 64 (max)

Cost: at the museum £4/pupil (min £100) / in school £100 for 1 class, £175 for 2 classes.


Artefact Boxes

The Heritage Education Service can loan items of historical, archaeological and geological interest to schools. Boxes of original artefacts, replicas and models on a range of topics from dinosaurs to the 1970s can support classroom activities before or after a workshop or museum visit. Loans can be delivered and collected direct to your school for just £45 for up-to eight loan boxes.


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Newport Roman Villa

Key stage

Key stage 4

Activity Type

Facilitator Led