The Romans


The Romans arrived in the local area in the 1st century AD to find a quiet country district, which probably did not change significantly under their rule.  Between the 1st and 4th centuries, a scattering of farms and some larger villas, like those at Compton and Chiddingfold, shared the landscape with significant religious sites at Farley Heath and Wanborough, which had been established in the Iron Age, and industrial sites, such as the potteries at Alice Holt.

Godalming Museum's Roman workshops and loan boxes aim to give students a chance to examine first hand evidence for how the Romano-British inhabitants of this area lived and to set this in the context of the wider Roman world.

Roman Workshops

An education session at the museum or in school consists of an introduction to the museum and the topic, followed by one or more workshops.  Choose your workshops from the list below and do contact the museum to discuss what combination would work best for you.  The Binscombe Roman Villa workshop in particular, works best with a smaller group, so we recommend splitting the class between two or more workshops.

The Be An Archaeologist workshop lasts at least an hour in itself and can be booked in combination with other Roman workshops, as a stand-alone session, or as part of the Prehistory or Saxon topics.



Binscombe Roman Villa

Handle original Roman artefacts and find out about Roman life in the local area

Students examine the extensive collection of Roman pottery, bone, tile and other finds discovered at Binscombe in the 1950s and draw their own conclusions about what life was like on a small Roman farm in the 1st - 4th centuries AD



Roman Mosaics

Study original Roman mosaic designs and tesserae (mosaic pieces) and make your own small Roman mosaic to take home or display in school

There is an additional charge for materials of £1 per student for this session


Roman Arithmetic

Learn the Roman numerals I to M and find out where you might encounter them in the modern world

Students use counting tables, calculi and wax tablets to work out and write Roman numerals and carry out simple calcuations.  They discover and decode real life examples of Roman numerals, including dates.


Be an archaeologist

Find out about the role of an archaeologist and the nature of archaeological evidence

Working in pairs, students carry out their own mini dig: excavating; accurately plotting their finds on the site plan and writing descriptions of what they find.  They identify and study their finds and draw conclusions about the history of the site on which they are working.

There is an additional charge for materials and preparation time of £1 per student for this session

Loan Boxes

 There are loan boxes: All resources use original artefacts whenever possible and set the local story within its wider context. The boxes come with detailed teacher’s notes.

Roman Life


Roman Buildings


Roman Mosaics


Ring 01483-426510 or email to find out more or to book