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The Festival of Archaeology Festival 2015
Write like a Roman
Dress as a Roman Londoner
Time travellers
Roman make-up

The City of London Archaeology Society (COLAS) participated in the Museum of London's family fun day 'Secrets of the Romans' for the Festival of Archaeology 2015, with costumes and accessories for dressing up as a Roman Londoner, looking at Roman notions of fashion and beauty, learning about Roman writing, and playing the excellent Roman board game Latrunculi.

The Museum of London's own curators and conservators exhibited Roman skeletons, Roman footwear and Roman food, and our friends from London Archaeologist magazine offered craft activities to make a mosaic, cast a ritual curse, or create grave goods.

On the foreshore

Our usual range of displays and activities at HM Tower of London has been cancelled for want of funding. After nearly twenty years of increasingly-generous support, for which COLAS and other participants have been most grateful, Historic Royal Palaces can no longer the space or resources which made it possible for COLAS volunteers to present our archaeological displays, hands-on activities, crafts and games. This emerged after planning was already underway for 2015's Festival of Archaeology, so COLAS were delighted to be invited to participate in the Museum of London's event instead.

At HM Tower of London, Tower Beach was still open to visitors during the weekend's low tides, with subject experts on site to answer questions and identify finds for approximately two hours each day.

We do not know what 2016 will bring, but hope to update our many friends and followers as the next plan develops.


'Secrets of the Romans'
Museum of London

Saturday, 18 July 2015
11:00 – 16:00

150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN


Dressing a Roman Londoner

Our outreach events are only possible thanks to the generous assistance of our many volunteers. COLAS stands are staffed entirely by members of the Society. No special skills are required and there’s always plenty to do. All we ask is a firm commitment for the least amount of time that you can offer, so we can be sure of enough hands on the day to guarantee the event. It’s a fun day out, and gives pleasure to hundreds and hundreds of visitors, so please join us if you can!

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