Events and activities at the Museum 2019

Summer Roman Festival 2019

Saturday 20 July - Sunday 8 September

Discovering Derventio: Roman Papcastle Revealed

A pop-up exhibition of the star finds from the recent community excavation at Papcastle. Following the catastrophic floods of 2009 local volunteers, led by Grampus Heritage and Wardell Armstrong Archaeology Ltd, excavated a number of sites on the banks of the River Derwent. The excavations revealed previously unknown Roman structures including a mill, a massive bath house complex and a bridge over the river. The project was funded by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.  

Monday 19 August, 12noon - 2pm

Finds identification drop-in with Cumbria's PAS Finds Liaison Officer Alex Whitlock

Wednesday 21 August, 2 - 4pm: Family craft drop-in - make and take-way a Roman shield using recycled materials

Thursday 22 August, 11am - 5pm: Meet the Romans

Fun and food with Ancient Britain

Thursday 22 August, 2pm & 3.30pm: Guided tours of the Roman fort

Museum visitors can tour the fort with the museum's volunteer guides. The fort is situated in a field adjacent to the museum and suitable footwear is recommended. No dogs are permitted on the tours, except registered assistance and guide dogs, due to the presence of sheep. The fort is not open to the general public and we are grateful to the landowners, The North of England Civic Trust for access to the site. 

Friday 23 August, 2 - 4pm: Hands-on with history, finds handling in the gallery

Sunday 25 August, 11am - 5pm: The Romans are here!

Roman pottery with Graham Taylor of Potted History and Victor the Veteran. 

Sunday 25 August, 2pm & 3.30pm: Guided tours of the Roman fort

Museum visitors can tour the fort with the museum's volunteer guides. The fort is situated in a field adjacent to the museum and suitable footwear is recommended. No dogs are permitted on the tours, except registered assistance and guide dogs, due to the presence of sheep. The fort is not open to the general public and we are grateful to the landowners, The North of England Civic Trust for access to the site. 

Monday 26 August, 2pm & 3.30pm: Guided tours of the Roman fort

Museum visitors can tour the fort with the museum's volunteer guides. The fort is situated in a field adjacent to the museum and suitable footwear is recommended. No dogs are permitted on the tours, except registered assistance and guide dogs, due to the presence of sheep. The fort is not open to the general public and we are grateful to the landowners, The North of England Civic Trust for access to the site. 

Wednesday 28 August, 2 - 4pm: Family craft drop-in - make and take-way a Roman sword using recycled materials

Thursday 29 August, 2pm & 3.30pm: Guided tours of the Roman fort

Museum visitors can tour the fort with the museum's volunteer guides. The fort is situated in a field adjacent to the museum and suitable footwear is recommended. No dogs are permitted on the tours, except registered assistance and guide dogs, due to the presence of sheep. The fort is not open to the general public and we are grateful to the landowners, The North of England Civic Trust for access to the site. 

Friday 30 August, 2 - 4pm: Hands-on with history, finds handling in the gallery

Sunday 1 September, 2pm & 3.30pm: Guided tours of the Roman fort

Museum visitors can tour the fort with the museum's volunteer guides. The fort is situated in a field adjacent to the museum and suitable footwear is recommended. No dogs are permitted on the tours, except registered assistance and guide dogs, due to the presence of sheep. The fort is not open to the general public and we are grateful to the landowners, The North of England Civic Trust for access to the site. 

Thanks to all the museum volunteers for all the time and work they contribute, which allows these events to happen.

Saturday 14 September - Saturday 12 October

When Stone Speaks

An exhibition of art, photography and poetry inspired by the UK's ancient history. An exploration of community, identity and belonging by north-west writer and artist Simon de Courcey.

Saturday 14 September, 1.00-3.30pm: Family workshop with artist and poet Simon de Courcey

Free but must be booked in advance

Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 October: Half term

Wednesday 23 October, 2 - 4pm: Spooky masks family craft drop-in

Museum visitors of all ages can make and take-away their own mask

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 November: Voices in the Land Arts and Literature Festival

Meet the author, writing workshops, poetry readings, exhibitions and more