Art and Archaeology in the Amphitheatre, Family Fun Days at Guildhall Art Gallery


Art and Archaeology in the Amphitheatre, Family Fun Days
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Keep the little ones entertained with Roman-inspired activities, including workshops with author Caroline Lawrence and trying your hand at archaeology. Read More


Bring your little (and big) ones for free Roman-inspired family activities in the majestic surrounds of Guildhall Yard and London’s Roman Amphitheatre where there is plenty to keep young centurions, budding Ciceros, Lara Crofts or Indiana Joneses (especially those at KS2) entertained.

Highlights include:

The Big Dig: fancy yourself an archaeologist? Then grab a hard hat and a trowel and join the team from the Museum of London to excavate the trenches of the Big Dig in Guildhall Yard. Experts will be on hand to show you how to record, analyse, identify and interpret your finds, and piece by piece you’ll uncover the fascinating world of early Londoners. You can also join an object-handling session and hold genuine Roman antiquities with a trained archaeologist in the amphitheatre.

Caroline Lawrence: awarding-winning author of the children’s best-selling book series The Roman Mysteries, will be leading workshops on how to write your own Roman mystery. She’ll explain how she finds her inspiration in art and objects, how she develops characters like Flavia and Nubia, and may even reveal a secret or two from her new Roman Quests series set in Roman Britain.

The MOLA Time Truck: explore the pop-up exhibition Making the Mithraeum, curated by top archaeologists, and handle objects used in the reconstruction of the Temple of Mithras. Find out how the 14,000 archaeological finds were processed during excavations on the site of Bloomberg’s new European Headquarters, and get a fascinating insight into one of London’s most important new heritage sites. This event is supported by Bloomberg.

Art and craft: craft makers and artists can make a Roman terracotta lamp based on Roman designs, fashion mosaics with tissue paper, or even recreate the Roman London cityscape in an all-day drawing session.

Gladiators: hear about the life of a gladiator in Londinium and the experiences of warriors as they battled in the amphitheatre. Try on their armour, and learn some sword skills.

Liberiorum Londinium: each day starts with Liberiorum Londinium (Children’s London), a family-friendly walk that introduces children to life as a Roman citizen. Discover the remains of the Roman fort and what life was like as a militis (soldier), shop for food that the Romans would have eaten, enjoy entertainment at the amphitheatre, and learn a little Latin along the way.

Venue Details & Map

Guildhall Art Gallery & Roman Amphitheatre

Guildhall Yard
+44 (0)20 7332 3700
Public transport:
Tube: Bank, Moorgate Follow street signs for Guildhall or Guildhall Art Gallery.

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