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Rotten Romans Weekend

Posted on 13 Jul 2016
As part of Wimborne History Festival the museum will be open for a Rotten Romans Weekend on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, 10.00 to 4.30. Admission will be FREE. Visitors will be able to meet a Roman soldier, discover what the Romans ate and explore the Crummy Curators exhibition. Other historical activities will include lacemaking by Wimborne Lacemakers and, on the Sunday only, a series of author talks. Somerset and Dorset Family History Society will also have a stand. Our Roman soldiers will be kitted out in Roman legionary uniform and displaying equipment as used at a large Roman fort. Visitors will discover what it is like to wear and maintain a full military kit. Visitors will be able to explore a Roman culinary display and taste some food based on Roman recipes. The Crummy Curators exhibition has been created by pupils from Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne. They discovered how to curate a museum display exploring Roman life and worked with illustrator Martin Brown, graphic designer Richard Broadway and creative writer Sara Hurley, to produce a series of accompanying information panels. Philip Elston, historical fiction author, who has published the Badbury Trilogy, will be at the museum on the Sunday. His working life began in the Royal Navy before being ordained. He later spent time in Malawi as a chaplain and as a housemaster at a school. While there he followed up his interest in history and began writing, which continued after his return to the UK. He will be talking about his experiences of writing historical fiction, in particular about the Dark Ages and King Arthur. A life sized artwork of a Roman centurion, created by artist Darrell Wakelam at the museum during the week leading up to the Wimborne History Festival, will also be on display. Visitors can combine a visit to the museum with a range of other town centre activities taking place on the Saturday and Sunday, and explore the main Wimborne History Festival site at Lake Gates (admission ticket charges apply). Go to for more details. If you would like any further information please contact the museum. The event is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the thrilling new Wimborne History Festival.