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2nd Form visit Verulamium

05 June 2018


On Thursday 24 May, the 2nd Form set off to visit an ancient Roman settlement near St Alban’s. The boys travelled along the ancient road of Watling Street, which led them to Verulamium.

During their trip, which coincides with their lessons on Roman Britain, the boys visited a hypocaust, which was the Roman’s version of underfloor heating. The hypocaust is still partially covered by a mosaic, which dates back 1800 years. Their next stop was to see the remains of the original wall that surrounded the city. The boys imagined how amazing it must have looked like as a newly built defensive structure with soldiers on patrol.

To get a real feel for the ancient city, the boys then went back in time to a Roman marketplace.  Complete with costumes, they worked together in small groups to go shopping. Each group was given a list of items they needed to collect from the stalls. Some objects were easy to identify, but some were a little trickier, such as the potent fish oil and sponge on a stick.

The boys also had the opportunity to explore the museum where they saw some interactive galleries, intricate mosaics, Roman coins, early board games and a genuine Roman skeleton – which was definitely a highlight of the day.


2nd Form Trip to Verulamium