Schools Programme

Don't miss this unique opportunity to see stunning Roman objects from the age of Constantine , including mosaics, textiles, dining-ware, jewellery and paintings. Whether enjoying a self-guided visit or booking one of our education workshops, this exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for pupils of all ages to find out more about life in Roman Britain.

A number of education workshops are available throughout the exhibition. All of our workshops are led by a member of the learning team. Each workshop costs an additional 2 per pupil and takes place in The Curia , our Roman learning space!


Roman Sculpture

In this art-based workshop pupils explore the sculpture and mosaics on display in the exhibition. They then work in The Curia to create their own 'genius cucullatus' figure from clay, which is theirs to keep. They also explore Roman mosaics and pottery through handling original Roman objects — how will an object over 1500 years old inspire the artists of tomorrow?

A Soldiers' Life

Pupils meet Septimius Rufinius, our Roman soldier, who is contemplating leaving the Roman army. As Septimius plays his board game, he tells of his work as a soldier, reflecting on life in Roman Britain. Pupils listen to his story and then help Septimius decide what to do — what will life under Constantine bring him — (Only available on selected dates in May, June and July — call us for more information).

Roman Soundscapes

In this unique hands-on workshop pupils will investigate a number of Roman objects, thinking about how the objects on display in the exhibition were used in everyday life. They will then work in The Curia to create a 'soundscape' for our Roman story, using digital audio recorders to capture the sounds of Roman life. Each group will be presented with a CD-Rom of their completed work to use a classroom resource.

Key Stage 3

What did Constantine do for us?

In this hour long workshop students will explore the legacy of Constantine's rule. The workshop includes a tour of the exhibition, with short presentations on aspects of Constantine's life, including Power, Home Life and Religion. In The Curia students will handle original Roman objects and discover how we can find our more about history through the objects left behind.

Key Stage 4 and post-16

The exhibition is a tremendous resource for Key Stage 4 and post-16 students, offering excellent opportunities for structured and self-directed learning. To discuss how we can best support your students please call our group booking number.

Education Resources

The following resources have been developed to support a visit to the exhibition. They include activity sheets for use in the museum, useful background information and ideas for follow-up classroom activities

A Teacher's Guide
"Looking Good" activity sheet
"Looking at Animals" activity sheet
"Interpreting the Past" activity sheet
Classroom activity ideas
Main leaflet

Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York
Open 10am-5pm daily

For more information or to make a booking:
01904 650333