Roman Britain at KS2

Uncover unique remains and treasures from Roman Britain. Find out about how Britain became part of Rome but developed its own distinct identity as a province of its Empire.

Resources for visits

Leadenhall Street mosiac

Roman Britain

Take a look at life as a Roman soldier, Roman buidings, animals the Romans kept, everyday objects and the design of Roman tombstones.

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Cameo of Augustus

Imperial Rome

Meet Roman Emperors and explore some Roman jewellery.

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Classroom resources


Birthday invitation from Vindolanda fort

Roman Britain

An overview of life in Roman Britain through a variety of Museum objects.
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Marble bust of Tiberius

Imperial Rome

Meet the key emperors in charge of Britain during the Roman conquest.

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Bronze rattle (sistrum)

Roman music

Looking at the evidence for different kinds of Roman musical instruments.
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Bronze decorated mirror

'Celtic' designs

Study some of the incredible craftsmanship of the Iron Age.
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Online resources

Empress pepper potExplore the collection: Roman Britain

Find detailed information, background articles and images of many objects in the Museum's collection from ancient Rome.


Online tours

Buried treasure torcsBuried treasure
Examine some of the most spectacular treasure finds made in Britain.



British Museum websites

Ancient civs screengrab

Ancient Civilisations
Explore ancient civilisations from around the world across time.
Explore Roman Britain via the writing theme using the Vindolanda Tablets.

Other useful websites

Nuffield Primary History

Chedworth Roman Villa - enter via the National Trust website

Hadrian’s Wall - visiting information and learning resources for schools.

BBC Ancient History: Romans

Romans in Sussex - website of the Sussex archaeological society with learning resources for KS1 and KS2.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme - a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Use the database on this website to search for Roman finds in your local area.

Useful books

For students aged between 7 and 11

K Hoare, V-Mail: Letters from the Romans at Vindolanda Fort near Hadrian's Wall (London, The British Museum Press, 2008)

R Abdy, Pocket Dictionary: The Roman Army (London, The British Museum Press)

S Moorhead, Pocket Explorer: The Roman Empire (London, The British Museum Press)

M. Corbishley, Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ancient Rome (London, The British Museum Press, 2003)

J. Lindsay, Gladiator Activity Book (London, The British Museum Press, 2004)

D. Farris and S. Ransford, Ancient Rome Fun Book (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)

J. Green, Roman Britain Colouring Book (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)

R. Woff , The BM Pocket Dictionary of Greek and Roman Gods and Goddessess (London, The British Museum Press, 2003)

K. Wiltshire, Pocket Timeline of Ancient Rome (London, The British Museum Press, 2005)

All of these books can be purchased online, at the Museum shop or at many bookshops.

Teachers receive a 10% discount* when they quote teacher1011 in Museum shops.

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Primary school brochureBrochure for primary schools
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