Roman Everyday Life – Object Handling Session

Pupils will work in groups of two or three taking on the role of archaeologists, investigating and handling real artefacts from Roman Canterbury. Larger groups are divided in two, with half the class exploring museum displays, and half handling artefacts before swapping around.

  • Selection of Roman objects for object handling

Session details

Upon arrival at Canterbury Roman Museum you will be divided into 2 smaller groups. One group will explore the museum led by your own staff (an Explorer’s Guide is available to purchase to accompany this visit, £1 per pupil) for approximately 40 minutes whilst the other group will have the opportunity to be archaeologists, investigating objects from every-day Roman life in an object handling session. This session will be introduced by a member of our staff who may also be on hand to answer questions, but will be led by your own staff. The groups will then swap around. It would be helpful if the school staff were able to put the pupils into these 2 groups.

Other activities are available within the museum, each lasting approximately 45 minutes so you could add these to your workshop to tailor your museum visit to your class needs.

Timings

The Roman Everyday Life – Object Handling session last for a total of approximately 1.5 hours.

Capacity & Age Groups


Maximum numbers for the workshop is 32 pupils plus accompanying teachers. For larger groups we can split pupils into two groups, one at Canterbury Roman Museum and one at The Beaney where there are other activities available and the groups may take it in turns at each museum and swap over to participate in the workshop. Each group must be accompanied by a member of your staff at all times so please ensure that you have enough staff for this.

Key stage 1, 2 and 3, beginner, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.

Costs

£2.50 per pupil for district schools and £3.50 per pupil for non-district schools. Accompanying adults are free. Min charge £70.

Lunch Rooms

Please do enquire if you require a lunch space and we will do our best to accommodate you. However, a lunch space cannot be guaranteed.

How to book

All schools and groups must book visits in advance. To book any of our workshops please complete our Online Booking Form. If you have specific requirements that are not covered by the Online Booking Form please contact the Learning Team by emailing: learning@canterbury.gov.uk.

Important Information

  • We advise that all teachers conduct a preliminary visit before arriving with their pupils.
  • Please ensure that all accompanying adults on your visit are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.
  • The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times.
  • Please arrive promptly ready to start your visit allowing time for traffic, coach parking and walking through the busy city centre.
  • There is no parking outside The Beaney or Canterbury Roman Museum. Coach drivers can book an appropriate coach drop off time at Canterbury Bus Station (5 minutes’ walk), or a parking space at Canterbury Coach Park (15 minutes’ walk)
  • If payment for the visit is not made on the day, we will invoice for the number of pupils originally booked or the number that actually visited on the day (whichever is higher). If a visit is cancelled less than 2 weeks before it is due to take place, we regret we will still require payment to cover incurred costs.
  • Payment is preferred 2 weeks in advance by cash, credit card or cheque payable to Canterbury City Council. In exceptional circumstances, and if no other payment method is possible we may be able to invoice.

Terms & Conditions

Payment can be made on the day of your visit in cash, by credit card or via a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council. If payment is not made on the day, we will invoice for the number of pupils originally booked or however many actually visited on the day (whichever is higher). If a visit is cancelled less than 2 weeks before it is due to take place, we regret we will still request payment to cover incurred costs.

Responsibility for children on site

Please ensure that all accompanying adults are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.

The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times including first aid and ensuring participants are engaged in the activity. The group leaders will be liable for any breakages or damage to Museum property or collections. Your staff should accompany your pupils at all times. Learning activities cannot be delivered by our staff unless your pupils are accompanied by relevant staff numbers.

Late arrivals

If your group arrives late, please note that the duration of the workshop may be reduced (to end at the scheduled time) in order not to run over into time booked by other later groups and therefore the workshop content may not be as advertised. The charges will remain as advertised.

Risk Assessments

Ahead of your visit please download and complete the relevant risk assessment.

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