Roman soldiers invade Hull museum

Roman soldiers invade Hull Museum
from This is Hull
07:00 – 28-July-2008

A Hull museum was under siege when soldiers invaded the building.

The invasion took place at Hull and East Riding Museum in High Street and Roman soldiers carried out a day-long raid at the venue.

Thankfully, they proved to be a friendly bunch, with some even letting guests try on their helmets and hold their swords.

Museum staff dressed up in character and an army of brave young historians, including Hollie Burgess, 10, of Hessle, dared to dress up as centurions themselves.

Education project officer Kate Armitage said the event had proved a massive success with record-breaking visitor numbers.

She said: “It was a fantastic day and we had almost 650 visitors, which I think is a record for an In Touch event.

“Lots of people dressed up as Roman soldiers and felt how heavy the shields and swords were to carry.”

Crafty guests had the chance to make their own shields to take home with them and lots of children jumped at the chance, creating fierce looking armour-plated shields that would keep away even the sharpest weapon.

History-hungry Hull folk are being invited to get their hands on more interesting objects with a series of In Touch events planned for the summer holidays.

On Wednesday, Victorians will be taking over the Hands On History Museum from 11am to 1pm, and the following Wednesday characters from World War Two will be marching into the Streetlife Museum, in High Street, Hull.

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