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The Impact of the Romans on the Isle of Wight

  • Facilitator Led
  • Romans
  • Key stage 2

What to expect

What impact did the Roman’s have on the Isle of Wight? During a tour of the villa and photo hunt activity, students will learn how our knowledge of the past comes from the archaeological excavations and the difference between Iron Age and Roman building techniques.

Discover how bathing changed after the Romans came to Britain by exploring one of the best-preserved bath wings in the south of England. They will consider how technology and everyday life changed through hands-on activities in the activity room where they can:

  • Compare the armour of a Roman legionary and a Celtic warrior by trying it on
  • Create Roman inspired food and learn about the food they introduced in our replica kitchen area
  • Handle original/replica artefacts
  • Learn how to play tabula
  • Build arches
  • Design a mosaic
  • Use a quern stone to grind flour
  • Try on Romano-British style costume

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.

Discover free activities to support your visit.


Key information

Level: Key Stage 2

Curriculum links: History, English, Geography

Duration: 2hrs

Pupil numbers: 64 (max)

Cost: at the museum £4/pupil (min £100) / in school £110 for 1 class, £180 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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