Latin Trip to Hadrian’s Wall

In October, Lower and Upper 5th Latin students enjoyed a three-day residential trip to Hadrian’s Wall. On the first day, girls explored the breathtaking remains of Housesteads Roman Fort, where students particularly enjoyed seeing the very well preserved latrines as well as looking around the museum and working out...

In October, Lower and Upper 5th Latin students enjoyed a three-day residential trip to Hadrian’s Wall. On the first day, girls explored the breathtaking remains of Housesteads Roman Fort, where students particularly enjoyed seeing the very well preserved latrines as well as looking around the museum and working out where each room in the fort would have been. The following day, there was a visit to the famous Vindolanda site. In the museum, students were able to see the Vindolanda tablets, along with other fascinating pieces of archaeological evidence about the Roman occupation of Britain. Some of the more surprising exhibits included thousands of shoes, a horse’s skull and the skeleton of an 11 year old child, which was found in 2012. The possible murder of a child in the fort gave rise to several pieces of creative drama which girls performed on Saturday evening. Most of the group took the opportunity to walk along Hadrian’s Wall, taking in the dramatic scenery, including the iconic Sycamore Gap. The trip enriched our understanding of what life might have been like for a Roman soldier stationed on the wall. On the final day, students visited the Roman Army Museum, where everyone enjoyed the 3D film about life on the edge of the Empire, other dramatic videos and interactive resources, especially the holographic teacher! Overall, everyone had a wonderful time and it was a truly unforgettable trip!

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