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Housesteads Roman Fort; Legio XIV Gemina (14th Legion) historical reenactment

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Housesteads Roman Fort re-enactment

Soldiers of the Wall return to Housesteads Roman Fort

Soldiers of the Wall return to Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads Roman Fort was home to almost 800 Roman shoulders 2000 years ago. And on August 18 – 19 it will fall under the shadows of the Roman Legions once again, as a troop of soldiers return for the spectacular Soldiers of the Wall event.

You will be transported back to the Roman era on the outpost of the empire, as the formidable Soldiers from the XIV Legion invade Housesteads, setting up their living history encampment and demonstrating impressive military skills.

Jon Hogan, events manager for English Heritage in the north, said: “When the soldiers march in to Housesteads this weekend, they will be giving visitors a real taste of what life was like in the Roman Army.

Roman soldiers at Housesteads Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Roman soldiers at Housesteads Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

“We’ll be taking a look into the heart of Roman civilization with displays of cookery, writing, shoemaking and many more domestic skills, whilst in contrast, exploring the might of the Roman Army with stunning military drill displays and witnessing the guarding and patrolling of the Wall as it was under Roman rule.”

Fully armoured Roman soldiers will clash, demonstrating their might and power as they did almost 2,000 years ago. The Centurion will give kids exercises and drills to keep them up to pace with the Roman Army!

People will also have the opportunity to discover more about Roman life at Housesteads fascinating new museum, which opened earlier this year and features a variety of interactive exhibits, CGI film and captivating Roman collections. Another Roman visitor will be stopping by at Housesteads this Friday (17 August), as Bellicus the Roman potter demonstrates the life of a travelling craftsman from Roman Britain.

Jon continued: “Seeing history brought to life in this way is great for people of all ages. Little ones are given the chance to interact with the soldiers, learning and having fun all at the same time. Plus, with a visit from Bellicus the Roman potter ahead of the big weekend, there are lots of hands-on activities for children to have-a-go at..

“It’s important that we recognise the cultural significance of Housesteads and the Wall as a whole, and events like this, along with the opening of the new museum, ensure that people are able to discover the story of Housesteads and learn more about Roman life.”

For more information about Housesteads Roman Fort, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/housesteads or call 01434 344363.
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