Posted on 22 June 2020
Isabelle Diggle, Heather Disley and Cath Foster, from the Department of Archaeology, won a Student Volunteering award this week for thier work with York Students in Schools. They volunteered for two days at a local York school and ran three workshops about Roman life in Britain.
Each visit began with a puppet show about the Labours of Hercules with some fantastic puppets. Heather created an incredible (to scale!) Roman fort on Minecraft which the children loved, encouraging them to build their own forts from Lego. A mosaic workshop explored Roman hobbies, pets and domestic life. Children created their own mosaics, depicting their own pets or favourite toys. This made them relate to Roman children and ask lots of questions such as, "Did Roman kids have to learn maths too?" The third workshop taught about pottery and possessions by allowing the children to handle Roman pottery, on loan from the department.