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January 19, 2019

Mosaic Madness – Saturday 19 January 

Explore Fishbourne’s fantastic mosaics and discover how they were designed, made and used. See how archaeologists look after our Roman floors and have a go at making a mosaic yourself.

Togi’s Team is a club for budding young archaeologists aged 6-12 years.  Our regular Togi’s Team sessions are held from 10am-12.30pm on Saturdays at Fishbourne Roman Palace.

Sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance.  Please contact us at least 7 days before the session on 01243 785859 to book your place.  Each session will cost £15 per child.

If you have any questions or wish to book a place, please contact me on 01243 785859

Start: January 19, 2019 10:00 am
End: January 19, 2019 12:30 pm

February 18, 2019

Drop into Fishbourne Roman Palace this half-term between Monday 18th – Friday 22nd  February and find out what it was like to live in Roman Times!

Find out what the Romans did for us, from pottery-making to dressing up, creating mosaics to spinning and weaving – it’s all about getting hands-on. The activities, which run from 10am to 4pm, are included in the admission price, making it a great value family day out.

While visiting,  discover objects from 2,000 years ago and see how the palace would have looked in its heyday.

Start: February 18, 2019 10:00 am
End: February 22, 2019 4:00 pm

March 23, 2019

Saturday 23 March – Colour Magic

Discover how paint colours and dyes were made and used in Roman times.  How do archaeologists find out about different colours?  This is your chance to have a go at processing and using some natural pigments.

Togi’s Team is a club for budding young archaeologists aged 6-12 years.  Our regular Togi’s Team sessions are held from 10am-12.30pm on Saturdays at Fishbourne Roman Palace.

Sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance.  Please contact us at least 7 days before the session on 01243 785859 to book your place.  Each session will cost £15 per child.

If you have any questions about the sessions, then please contact me on 01243 785859 or educfish@sussexpast.co.uk

Start: March 23, 2019 10:00 am
End: March 23, 2019 12:30 pm

April 6, 2019

What do the ancient Greeks and Romans mean to you? This one-day course traces the rise of Greek civilisation from the legendary times of Troy to the end of the Roman Republic and the first emperors. These two cultures are closely related and in turn shaped the world that followed. The Greek classical heyday was the fifth century BC, Rome’s was four hundred years later. In between came Alexander and his conquests, which left a world transfused with Hellenism: this was what the Romans inherited and they put their own stamp on it. In fact they put their stamp on quite a lot. In the first century BC Julius Caesar came, saw, but didn’t conquer Britain, leaving it for his successors a hundred years later, who returned more permanently. The remarkable Roman settlement at Fishbourne was first developed in the first century AD.

This fascinating one day course will take a broad brush approach to Ancient Greece and Rome, looking at original texts in Latin, Ancient Greek and in translation.  We’ll be exploring the Latin and Greek roots of English words, as well as getting to grips with the chronology of the ancient world.

This course is ideal for those with a little knowledge of Latin or Greek, as well as the complete beginner.

The course costs £50.00 per person, which covers tuition, materials, refreshments and admission to the Roman Palace. Places are limited, so book well in advance by contacting us on 01243 785859.

 

Start: April 6, 2019 10:00 am
End: April 6, 2019 4:30 pm

April 15, 2019

Celebrate the coming of spring at Fishbourne Roman Palace this Easter.   Explore the Roman gardens with an Easter-themed treasure hunt around the gardens. Try your hand at springtime crafts including spinning wool into yarn, Roman writing, designing a mosaic, dressing up Roman-style  and making a Roman sundial and use it to tell the time.  There is plenty to do under cover so if the spring weather does its worst, you can still have a great family day out.

Start: April 15, 2019 11:00 am
End: April 19, 2019 4:00 pm

May 6, 2019

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, Fishbourne Roman Palace is holding a day of exploration focusing on the most famous aspect of the site – the stunning mosaic floors.  Mosaic Mayhem! gives visitors of all ages a chance to find out more about mosaics, how they are designed and made, and to try some mosaic making for themselves.  There will be guided tours, a chance to handle original tesserae from the Roman mosaics and demonstrations of mosaic making with an opportunity to make your own mosaic using a range of different materials including an edible one!  Younger visitors can make an edible mosaic using sweet treats and there will also be a chance to dress in Roman costume and find out how a mosaic floor would feel underfoot!  Everyone will be able to add a piece to our giant mosaic design which will grow throughout the day.

Start: May 6, 2019 11:00 am
End: May 6, 2019 4:00 pm

May 18, 2019

Fishbourne Palace adult learning romans archaeology experimental workshop special one-offRecreate the colours of Roman textiles as part of this one day course exploring the natural dyes used nearly 2,000 years ago.

Places must be booked in advance.  £50 per person

Start: May 18, 2019 10:00 am
End: May 18, 2019 4:00 pm

June 1, 2019

Discover the art of enamelling with our expert Eve Claire Taylor.  This unique course offers the opportunity  to design and make a decorative piece of enamel-work, based on a Roman seal box.

Roman seal boxes are beautifully decorated boxes that archaeologists believe were used to protect beeswax seals on important documents.  In many cases the enamel decoration has survived almost intact, giving us a chance to appreciate the rich colours and intricate designs used by ancient craft workers.

During this special course, participants will get to see an original Roman seal box lid found here at Fishbourne Roman Palace and then make a piece of decorative enamel-work inspired by the original.  Using enamel-work and cloisonné wire technique on a copper base, each participant will create a beautiful lid to take away.  This can then be added to a small box or used as a pendant.

The course is for over 18s and costs £65 per person.  The course fee includes tuition, all materials and admission to the Palace.  Places are limited so please book in advance by contacting 01243 785859.

More information about the tutor can be found on her website name www.eveclairetaylor.com

Start: June 1, 2019 10:00 am
End: June 1, 2019 4:00 pm

July 13, 2019

What happened here in Sussex after the Roman influence declined? Explore the world of the Anglo Saxons comparing and contrasting two difference historical eras.

Start: July 13, 2019 10:00 am
End: July 14, 2019 5:00 pm

July 20, 2019

Ever wondered what it is like to be a Curator in a museum?

Join our Curator for a behind the scenes tour followed by a chance to ask questions and and hear about current research over coffee.  Places are limited so please book in advance.  £15 to include admission, tour, tea coffee and biscuits.

Places limited, so please book in advance by telephoning 01243 785859

Start: July 20, 2019 2:00 pm
End: July 20, 2019 3:30 pm

August 1, 2019

Every Thursday in August we are offering an opportunity to to travel back in time 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times with lots of craft activities and things to make and do. Activities are included in the admission charge and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: August 1, 2019 11:00 am
End: August 1, 2019 3:00 pm

August 8, 2019

Every Thursday in August we are offering an opportunity to to travel back in time 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times with lots of craft activities and things to make and do. Activities are included in the admission charge and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: August 8, 2019 11:00 am
End: August 8, 2019 3:00 pm

August 15, 2019

Every Thursday in August we are offering an opportunity to to travel back in time 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times with lots of craft activities and things to make and do. Activities are included in the admission charge and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: August 15, 2019 11:00 am
End: August 15, 2019 3:00 pm

August 22, 2019

Every Thursday in August we are offering an opportunity to to travel back in time 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times with lots of craft activities and things to make and do. Activities are included in the admission charge and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: August 22, 2019 11:00 am
End: August 22, 2019 3:00 pm

August 29, 2019

Every Thursday in August we are offering an opportunity to to travel back in time 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times with lots of craft activities and things to make and do. Activities are included in the admission charge and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: August 29, 2019 11:00 am
End: August 29, 2019 3:00 pm

August 31, 2019

The thrill of the Roman battle returns to Fishbourne Roman Palace on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September.

The event features the leading Roman research society, Ermine Street Guard, and includes displays of weaponry, warfare and battle tactics.  You can see how a Roman soldier would have trained, enjoy the firing of artillery pieces, marvel at wonderful authentic replica armour and wander round a static army camp display. Discover the remedies used to treat everything from sore, marching feet to battle wounds and challenge an opponent at Tabula, a game the Roman Soldiers played during their spare time. 

The Ermine Street Guard is a society dedicated to research into the Roman Army and the reconstruction of Roman armour and equipment. It gives public displays at major Roman sites throughout the UK and Europe. Each piece of equipment is made as authentically as possible, based on recent research.

Start: August 31, 2019 10:00 am
End: September 1, 2019 5:00 pm

October 28, 2019

Get an army “tattoo”, try your hand at spear practice and see if you can earn your keep as a new recruit during Roman Army Week at Fishbourne Roman Palace this Half Term. Sign up with the recruitment officer and learn to write your name in Latin before completing a range of tasks to “earn” a day’s pay.  Other activities include archery, sword practice and dressing-up Roman-style. Once you have completed the activities, return to the recruitment officer, to receive a certificate and a (replica) Roman coin as your first day’s pay!

Start: October 28, 2019 10:00 am
End: November 1, 2019 3:00 pm

November 16, 2019

Discover Latin brought to life at one of Britain’s most famous Roman sites.

Spend a day learning Latin in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Meet the classical authors and dip into their writing, discover the basis of many English words and hear the sound of classical Latin read aloud.

This enjoyable and informative one-day course for adults will be led by George Sharpley from The Latin Qvarter.  The course is ideal for those interested in gaining a glimpse of the past through language.  The mixture of historical references, vocabulary and grammar makes this an inspiring course for all, from complete beginners to those who would like to brush up on their knowledge.

The course costs £50 for the day which includes tea and coffee on arrival, entry to the Roman Palace and all materials.  Places are limited so please book in advance by telephoning 01243 785859 or palacebookings@sussexpast.co.uk

Start: November 16, 2019 10:00 am
End: November 16, 2019 4:30 pm