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Roman Artefact Gallery



Some of the locations we travel to for our Victorians workshops are:

East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire Leicester Hinckley Nottingham Peterborough, Leamington Tamworth, Derbyshire, Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne, Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Newark, Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, Rutland - Oakham, Uppingham. Cottesmore, Bedford, Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, West-Midlands, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Coventry, Smethwick, West Bromwich, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Warwickshire, Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon.




Used in Roman baths to scrape dead skin and dirt away.

Legionary's Pilum


A javelin-like spear, designed to buckle on impact, rendering it useless in counter-attack.


Auxilary's shield


Used by foreign soldiers in the Roman army.



Military belt with groin guard, worn by Legionaries, sometimes referred to as a balteus.




Goatskin satchel used by Legionaries to store Impedimenta.

Fleeces & goatskin


Multiple uses.

Gladiatrix Breastplate


Female gladiators existed and Lisa uses this as Boudica.



Crossed wooden pole on which a Legionary's equipment is secured for carrying over the shoulder.  Gregorius' was chosen for its curvature, fitting snugly against the arm.



Made from bone, wood, clay or lead and popularly used for gambling.

Oil Lamps


Cast in a mould from clay.

Auxiliary Recurve Bow,

Arrows & Goatskin Quiver


Archers tended to be drawn from Auxiliaries (ie. non-Roman citizens) and whole regiments could be full of them.  That said they were under-used by the Roman Army, unlike, for example, the Egyptian.

Wooden Toy Horse


A popular toy for Roman children.



A common sight in a Roman kitchen.

Ludus Latrunculorum


An extremely popular board game of strategy and skill.  People would carry pouches of gaming counters to play on boards inscribed into pavements.

Nine Men's Morris


A board game much enjoyed by various peoples through to modernity and hotly debated as a Roman game.  This seems highly likely though.


Marble Game


Roman children played rolling games with nuts, particularly around Saturnalia (Winter Solstice - or Christmas).  Any rules have not survived but since arches were popular architecturally we sometimes include this Victorian game in our sessions.




Sandal-like open hob-nailed boots worn by Legionaries



Used to import liquids.


Blackware Flagon


An example of the Roman Empire's skill in maintaining simplicity.  No handles are needed because of the dimples, so if more skilled potters travelling with the army died almost anyone could stand in.




Used in Roman baths to scrape dead skin and dirt away.



Legionary's dagger.



Gladiator's shoulder guard.



Legionary's sword.



Legionary's pick-axe.

Chariot Samianware


Made from bone, wood, clay or lead and popularly used for gambling.

Wax Tablet Scraper


Aiding the re-usability of the tablets - perhaps a bit like pupils' whiteboards today.