School session
Living in the shadow
of Vesuvius

Key Stage 2 (Age 7–11)

Recommend this session

Students toured the special exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum and examined the amazing objects on display.

They met members of a Pompeian household to gather information about life in AD 79.

They then helped Pliny the Younger, a famous Roman writer, describe the events of that fateful day. See a selection of these letters below.


 Letters to Pliny

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Mosaic of a guard dog. From the House of Orpheus, Pompeii, 1st century AD. © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum