Romans: They came, they saw, they settled!

Story by Jack Foley

BEWARE! The Ides of March sees the Romans invade the River & Rowing Museum, at Henley-on-Thames, from March 15 until June 8.

This interactive event provides the perfect opportunity for adults and children to discover and experience life during the time of the Roman Empire and to learn how the Romans influenced the present Thames Valley.

The exciting exhibition is intended to capture the visitor's imagination, by revealing what it was like to live in the Henley area in Roman times through a fascinating display of Roman artefacts.

There will also be opportunities to dress up in togas, dig for your own Roman artefacts and design a mosaic, while an invasion of the River & Rowing Museum is planned for Saturday, May 10 (from 10.30am to 4pm), with the arrival of the Ermine Street Guard, who will set up a military encampment, complete with Roman soldiers in full armour and weaponry.

Visitors will be able to see how Romans harnessed their horses and compare their saddles to modern ones used today, as well as seeing what Roman soldiers would eat in camp and how they lived from day to day.

A demonstration of medical instruments may prove to be a gory addition to the day!

As well as the Ermine Street Guard; there will be all sorts of other activities taking place throughout the day, with a Roman fancy dress competition for children, Roman games, pot washing and lots of other activities for all the family!

For further information on the exhibition or general enquiries call the River & Rowing Museum on 01491 415 600 or visit

About the River & Rowing Museum

The Museum celebrates three themes: the past, present and future of the River Thames, the historic riverside community of Henley-on-Thames and the international sport of rowing.

Since it opened to the public in August 1998, the Museum has received numerous awards for its design and architecture, including the RIBA Building of the Year and National Heritage/NPI Museum of the Year award.

The Museum is a recognised centre for the arts and has hosted a number of high profile art exhibitions as part of its ongoing programme of special exhibitions and related talks.

The Museum is open daily, from 10am until 5pm (5.30pm between May and August). Admission prices: £4.95 for adults; £3.75 for children and concessions. Free parking is available for visitors.

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