26 April—30 September 2022

Workshop: Roman life at Bristol’s villa

In the 1940’s this Roman villa was uncovered when a new housing development was inadvertently built through it.

Discover what Roman life was like by exploring Kings Weston Roman Villa and investigating archaeological evidence of the Romano-British people living in this area during the Roman occupation of Britain.

Children will:

  • Examine evidence for the Romanisation of Britain
  • Explore the archaeological site to discover the function of the Roman Villa
  • Find out who lived at the villa and it’s links to the nearby Roman town called Abona
  • Investigate the impact of Roman technology including: coins, a bath suite, heating, mosaic, pottery
  • Learn about the food, clothes and beliefs of the residents of the villa
  • Learn Latin words used in everyday Roman life

Suitable for: Year 3-6
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

Session availability:

Roman Life in Bristol

This Roman life workshop is available Thursdays and Fridays. We will next be running these from April to September 2022.

We have two sessions available at 11am – 12.30pm, 12.30pm – 2pm. Other sessions maybe available upon request.

Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit? Why not have a picnic at Blaise Castle Estate just up the road, as food cannot be eaten at the villa.

Teacher feedback:

“The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the chance to visit the Villa. It is an amazing resource right on the doorstep of the school and it was terrific for the children to think that under their homes may be Roman remains.”
Year 3 teacher

Learning enquiry form

Please complete this form to start the booking process.

Your name
Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

Additional information

Children will work in four groups. To get the most from your visit, please organise children into groups before your workshop begins.

Each group will require support from at least one adult. Recommended ratio: one adult for every six children.

You are welcome to take photographs. We’d love you to share pictures of your school trip with us on social media.

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the villa. Crumbs attract pests and our collections are far too precious to be attacked!