Presented by Marcus Aurelius Dorsuo, a legionary from the XX legion based at Camulodnum, around the time of the Iceni rebellion.
Our historical educator [Presenter] arrives in full 1st century Roman legionary armour, with weaponry, and holding a pack containing miscellaneous Roman items of the period. Children are taught a Roman greeting & hand salute, 'Salvete" and "Ave Caesar". Presenter proceeds through describing and naming his arms, armour and clothing, handing pieces around for examination and study. Names are written on a board in English and Latin. Questions and answers on this session.
Children are taught Roman numerals up to 2016, and are challenged to work out some interesting dates, such as 1999, 1066, 43 etc. A wax tablet is handed round so that everybody gets a chance to write a number on it with a stylus. Next comes the Pantheon of Roman gods, goddesses and links to planets, days of the week, etc. Second break.
Dressing-up time [prepared in advance with school]: we have toga and female attire for two children (Emperor, Empress or senior officials). All other children have made swords and shields, representing either Romans or Celts. Offerings to the gods of the artefacts brought by Presenter (oil lamps, mirrors, combs, jewellery, strigil and olive oil for bathing, samian ware pottery, glass vials, mortarium for grinding corn, etc.). The artefacts are passed around and listed on the board, with explanations about everyday Roman life.
BATTLE! Children are taught the "sin dex sin" march and proceed into the playground. Photo time. Then 'Romans' make a testudo of interlocking shields as 'Celts' attack.
Black Knight Historical was founded in 2003 by Ian Pycroft, a lifelong historical enthusiast, who was determined to bring history to life in a high quality, professional manner to schools, castles and other heritage sites across the country.
His own personal journey of discovery and delivery now covers 10,000 years of our history, from Flint-knapping to Focke-Wulfs, Neolithic to Nelson, Tutunkhamun to Tirpitz.
We have built a dedicated team of professional historical interpreters able to deliver almost any topic /subject you may require.
• Curriculum based and/or off topic as required
• Interactive, hand on, discovery, experience
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• Huge collection of handling objects covering over 10,000 years of our history
• Real child-size clothes for try-on & wear.
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