Learn more about the Romans at family fun day!

Top picture caption: Can you follow the clues set by Rorius in Leeds City Museum?

Bottom picture caption: Learn more about the Romans in the fun day, which is perfect for all the family.

Step back in time and earn your Roman armour at a family fun activity day set to be held at a city museum next week.

Tying in with the popular ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ exhibition currently being showcased at Leeds City Museum, visitors will have the opportunity during half term on Friday October 31 from 11am-3pm to take part in a range of fun activities in what promises to be a fantastic event sponsored by and run in partnership with The Grammar School at Leeds. These include having the chance to design a Roman sword, make mosaic tiles, size up Roman armour, use puppets to tell a Roman myth and for one day only, march around the museum!

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

"It is a real honour to be hosting the absolutely fantastic British Museum’s ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ exhibition at Leeds City Museum, and we are really looking forward to this family day kindly supported by The Grammar School at Leeds on October 31, which promises to be both educational and great fun.

"There will be a lot to see and do on the day, ranging from the chance to see for yourself a range of interesting Roman objects and artefacts, to designing your sword and taking part in a march!"

Also featuring throughout the day will be exciting challenges set by the museum’s tiger mascot ‘Emperor Rorius Maximus’ as he chooses new recruits for the army. Find clues from Rorius around the museum, in the exhibition and other galleries, and prove how Roman you are. Prizes will be awarded for those who complete the challenge! The exhibition is fantastic for families, with a real Roman child’s sock, a Roman helmet, and many other artefacts on display.

Open until 4 January 2015, the remarkable British Museum’s ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ touring exhibition offers some of the greatest treasures from the British Museum’s collections. These include Roman, Romano-British and Romano-Egyptian artefacts, along with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which give the exhibition a unique local context.

Helen Clapham, director of external relations at The Grammar School at Leeds said:

"We are very proud of our partnership with Leeds City Museum – over the last two years we’ve teamed up to develop a programme of fun and educational holiday activities for children which have proved very popular.

"Hosted at the museum our events make the most of the museum’s range of attractions to bring topics alive for young children, they are in an accessible city location and are completely free!

"We love the Romans will be extra special as it draws on some stunning pieces on loan from the British Museum for the Roman Empire: Power and People exhibition. As well as being a fun curriculum enrichment activity for key stage 2, there will be activities to entertain and inform visitors of all ages."

Notes to editors:

Roman Empire: Power & People opened to the public on 20 September and will run until 4 January 2015. The exhibition brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen.

Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.

Also explored in the exhibition is the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

Full details of the exhibition, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/RomanEmpire with updates communicated using the #RomanEmpire hashtag via Leeds Museums and Galleries’ social media accounts on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LeedsMuseums) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/LeedsMuseumsAndGalleries)

Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum is situated in one of Leeds' much loved civic buildings - the Leeds Institute building on Millennium Square. The Leeds Institute is one of the City's most important historic buildings and was completed in 1862 by Cuthbert Brodrick, who also built Leeds Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. From the middle of the last century until 2005 it also housed the Civic Theatre where amateur theatrical groups staged public performances. It has been home to the City Museum since 2008. The City Museum is the flagship site for the service, and is home to four floors of interactive and exciting galleries showcasing the story of Leeds, as well as the Leeds Mummy and our Designated Natural History collection. In 2013-14 we attracted over 320,000 visitors to our site.

Leeds City Museum is a free attraction located just up the steps on Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.

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