Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in ancient Rome? Find out at our Festival of Archaeology through fun-filled activities, talks and crafts for all ages including jewellery-making, a Roman fashion show, crafts and traders, Roman hairdressing and much more.

 All activities and events are FREE, and no booking is required. 


All day – FREE Family Drop-In

Education Studio, Level -1

Make a Roman plaster ornament. Free, and no booking is required.

All day – FREE Activities

  • Play Roman board games
  • Jewellery making
  • Have your hair styled
  • Roman Fashion Show
  • Roman medicine and medical instruments
  • Daily life in ancient Rome
  • Roman traders
  • Roman crafts
  • Perfumes, oils and the Roman bathhouse

11am – Talk: Last Supper in Pompeii

With Paul Roberts, Curator of Last Supper in Pompeii
11am–12pm, Lecture Theatre

Last Supper in Pompeii celebrates the Roman love affair with food and drink. Alongside frescoes and sculptures, tombstones and silverware is new archaeological evidence. Finds from a buried vineyard, gardens and cesspits in Pompeii – and distant Britannia – bring the Roman Banquet to life. Hear curator Paul Roberts in this special, free talk.

2pm – Performance: Disaster in the Loveliest of Lands

Translated and directed by David Stuttard, Historian and Author
Lecture Theatre, 2–3pm

Join us for dramatic readings from Latin literature accompanied by illustrations from Roman art to bring to life the experiences of people in Pompeii and Herculaneum, including Pliny’s dramatic eyewitness account of Vesuvius’ eruption.