Inside the Roman Town House
Explore Canterbury Roman Museum’s Roman Town House with our online learning resources and activities.
Uncovering the Roman Town House
Use this interactive video to explore the Roman Town House preserved at Canterbury Roman Museum. The resource provides information about the ancient monument and the wider collection to help learners piece together a picture of what life might have been like for the people living here in Roman Canterbury.
This resource is designed to be used in the classroom, at home, before or after a visit to the museum. Browse Canterbury Roman Museum’s School Workshops.
Canterbury Roman Museum is built around the remains of an impressive Roman town house that had a beautiful Mosaic floor. Mosaics are patterns or pictures made from lots of small coloured stones or tile cubes. In latin these individual pieces are called ‘tesserae’ which is where we get the word ‘tessellate’ from.
A Hypocaust was a form of Roman central heating. A floor would sit on top of the tiles. Hot air from a burning furnace outside would be funnelled under the floor and through specially built vents in the wall.