Roman Rally – Living History

So, what have the Romans ever done for us?   A new Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership project will shed light on the Roman occupation of Britain through a series of interactive events for all ages.

A Roman Centurion. © Andrew Chorley

A Roman Centurion will visit schools to bring the period alive for children, illustrating how daily and social life would have been.  Adorned with tunics, shields, swords and other items made in creative workshops, the school children will march to the Chalke Valley History Festival in 2021, accompanied by Roman legionaries.

Originally planned for 2020, the cancellation of the History Festival owing to  Coronavirus, has meant that we will reschedule our events for the summer of 2021.

So join us at the 2021 Chalke Valley History Festival, or at a special event at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne, meet Roman soldiers, their wives and followers, and the Durotriges, the Iron Age tribal group whom they defeated.  Take part in interactive events as well as art and craft activities; build mosaics, make shields, and learn why life in Roman Britain was not all about the fighting – of which there was actually very little.

After all, apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?!

Get involved

Spear throwing techniques. Photograph © Andrew Chorley

Please keep an eye on the website or sign up to our newsletter to learn more about our Roman Living History events for 2021.

Contact Rachel Limb to find out more.

The photographs on this page are copyright Andrew Chorley, used including the header image, and used with his kind permission. See more of his work on his website.