NEW Roman Gallery at Lancaster City Museum

Media Newswire

A NEW Roman Gallery and exhibition will be unveiled to the public on Saturday 4 April at Lancaster City Museum. The Roman Gallery has been developed and revitalised, thanks to a £5000 grant from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) to support the museum’s star attraction th an iconic Roman cavalry tombstone.

( – A NEW Roman Gallery and exhibition will be unveiled to the public on Saturday 4 April at Lancaster City Museum.

The Roman Gallery has been developed and revitalised, thanks to a £5000 grant from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council ( MLA ) to support the museum’s star attraction – an iconic Roman cavalry tombstone.

The tombstone, dating back to 100AD, was discovered in Lancaster in November 2005 during an excavation in Aldcliffe Road by the Greater Manchester Archaeology Unit.

Specialist staff at Lancashire County Council’s conservation studio in Preston worked to fully restore the tombstone so that it could take pride of place on permanent display at Lancaster City Museum last year.

The new gallery will feature information and artefacts depicting Roman life in Lancaster such as jewellery, clothing and domestic utensils, a dressing up corner for children where they can try on traditional Roman costume, and a range of fun family friendly activities to get involved in.

To mark the unveiling a traditional Roman funeral procession will take place in Lancaster City Centre.

Staff from the museum, along with professional interpreters from Roman Tours Ltd, will re-enact a funeral procession, carrying a stretcher through the streets in full Roman costume and dressed as Roman Soldiers.

The march will start at Lancaster Castle, past the Judge’s Lodgings, down Church Street, onto Cheapside and finish at Lancaster City Museum.

The public can watch the procession taking place, also on Saturday 4 April, from 11.30am to 1.00pm.

Following the procession, people are invited to look around the new gallery and take part in a free family drop in session to create your own Roman Sculptures, from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Lancaster City Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and entry is free to all visitors.

For further information please contact the museum on 01524 64637 or visit

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Andrew Lynn, Communication manager, 01772 534372 or email

Roman inspired ice cream? Really? No, really.

Berwick Advertiser

LUXURY ice cream makers Doddington Dairy have launched the UK’s first ever range of Roman ice cream after taking inspiration from a homesick centurion’s dinner party plans.
The ice cream comes in specially designed Roman pots and is now on sale in Hadrian’s Wall Country.
The three varieties; apple and cinnamon, cherry and honey are all flavours which were enjoyed in Britain 2000 years ago.
This range is inspired by a wooden tablet found at Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall where a Roman soldier urged his staff to secure “a hundred apples, if you can find nice ones”.
Touched by these sentiments, Doddington’s founders Neill and Jackie Maxwell decided to do some further research on fruits and flavours that would have been enjoyed in Roman Britain.
“The Roman tablet sparked our imagination to bring together new flavours from ancient roots,” said Jackie.
“Britain has always been well known for its apples and honey and one of the reasons we picked the cherry flavour was because the Romans introduced a better flavour of eating cherry into the country.”
Rome’s influence extended throughout its empire and was particularly strong along Hadrian’s Wall. Many soldiers bought the eating habits of their far away homeland with them.
Banquets finished with a sweet course and decorated platters piled high with pomegranates, apples, pears, peaches, dates, figs and grapes were common.
Honey-cakes were popular as was a Roman version of ice-cream, made from snow and sweet grape juice, and rumoured to be a favourite of Emperor Nero.
The origins of the new Doddington Dairy Roman range can clearly be seen in these ancient roots.
And Lindsay Allason-Jones, director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies at Newcastle University said: “We know that the Roman’s enjoyed their food and if they had been able to freeze their ice creams, these would certainly be some of the flavours they would have sampled.”
The ice cream is hand-made at Doddington with fresh milk from one of Northumberland’s few remaining dairy herds.
Where possible the other ingredients are sourced locally, for example the honey comes from Chain Bridge Honey Farm at Horncliffe.
Doddington Dairy readily acknowledges that one of the keystones to its success has been the support that is has gained from local tourist attractions.
Many such as the Alnwick Garden and The Sage Gateshead have chosen to stock local ice cream often with flavours unique to their locations.
Doddington Dairy hope that attractions with a strong Roman connection will stock the new range.
Neill said: “Response so far has been very enthusiastic and we are hoping to have Roman ice cream available along the length of Hadrian’s Wall this summer.”
Roman ice cream will be on sale at Vindolanda, Segedunum, Housesteads Roman Fort and other outlets throughout the north east.
The three Roman flavours of ice cream are available in bespoke 120ml cartons or 4 litre cartons for scooping.
Attractions, restaurants, hotels and cafes interested in stocking Roman Britain Ice Cream should contact Doddington Dairy on: enquiries@doddingtondairy. or telephone 01668 283010 or 07900 910657.