Calling young soldiers

Roman Army Week
Roman Army Week
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Calling all young recruits – do you fancy being a soldier for the day? Then the Fishbourne Roman Army needs you.

This half-term from Monday until Friday, you can sign up to the recruitment officer, write your name in Latin and complete a range of tasks to ‘earn’ a day’s pay.

Soldiers will fall into line under the watchful eye of the drill officer and parade around the formal gardens of the palace. You can even master sword and spear practise, and learn about medicines used over 2,000 years ago.

There are a range of skills you can try out during the day, including archery, ‘stone’ throwing and dressing up Roman style. Once you have completed all the necessary activities you can return to the recruitment officer and be issued with a certificate.

Visitors can also access the rest of the museum during the event, take a guided tour or view the biggest collection of early mosaic floors of north Rome.

Activities run from 10am until 4pm each day.

Normal admission charges apply and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the event go to sussexpast.co.uk/fishbourne.