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The Kids Rule! Guide to Roman England

Welcome to the Kids Rule! guide to Roman England. Learn about England’s history, discover more about English Heritage sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:

The kids Rule! Guide to the Roman Conquest (Issue 2)

Download and read the Kids Rule! Guide to the Roman Conquest, to discover the secrets of our Roman sites, including Hadrian's Wall, Chesters and Housesteads Roman forts, and take our quiz to find out if you could make it in Hadrian's cavalry!

This is part of the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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A model of the prefect’s house at Housesteads Roman Fort

MAKE YOUR OWN MODEL HOUSE FROM HOUSESTEADS ROMAN FORT

Housesteads Roman Fort is part of Hadrian’s Wall and is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain. Read the information to learn about this complex fort, and then follow our step by step instructions to make your very own model of the prefect’s house at the fort.

Use our step-by step guide
Bow brooch found at Corbridge

COMPETITION: DESIGN A ROMAN BROOCH FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

We’re asking you to design a Roman brooch for your chance to win a cool goody bag of prizes worth £100 from our online shop. Click below to find out out how to enter.

Enter the competition

Things to make and do: get creative with our Roman themed activities

Colour your own Roman Town

Download this colouring sheet to create your own version of our Roman history timeline poster!  Read through the introduction to Roman England, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints. 

Download your colouring sheet
  • MAKE YOUR OWN ROMAN TABULA

    Forget pens and paper – the Romans used wax tablets to write down all their important notes! Find out more about this handy tool and to learn how to make your very own 21st-century version.

  • HOW TO MAKE A ROMAN MOSAIC

    Roman Villas were decorated with beautiful mosaics.  Watch our video to discover why and how they were made, and find out how you can make your own. 

  • Make a tasty Roman Burger

    You might think America is the home of the hamburger, but it would seem the Romans beat them to it! Download the recipe card and ask a grown-up to help you have a go at creating your own Roman burgers.

  • More things to make and do

    Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!

Quiz: Could you make it into Hadrian’s cavalry?

Could you impress with your knowledge about life in the Roman military?  Imagine you are one of 30 cavalry soldiers in a troop (turma) of cavalry.  See if you can get promoted by getting our questions right!

Take the quiz!
Meeting Marcus, the real-life Roman Legionary

Interview with Marcus, a real-life Roman Legionary

We sent English Heritage Members Amy Statham Anderson and Peter Timperley to Housesteads Roman Fort in Northumberland, to meet Marcus the legionary and learn what life would have been like for the Romans stationed along Hadrian's Wall. 

Watch the video to discover what the role of a legionary was, what the Roman soldiers ate, how they stayed warm on cold winter days patrolling the Wall and even where they went to the toilet!

Watch the interview
Image: Roman god and goddess masks and props

Instant Roman God and Goddess Dress-up kit

Re-invent yourself as a Roman god or goddess! Be Jupiter, god of the sky and thunder with a mask and thunder bolt, or Diana, goddess of the hunt, nature and the moon with a mask and bow and arrow. Plus, there's a handy guide to tying the perfect toga!

Once you're ready, don't forget to ask a grown-up to share your Roman selfie with us! Use #EHmembership and tag @EnglishHeritage.

Download the kit
Reading the Kids Rule! guide to Roman Britain

The kids Rule! Guide to Roman England

Download and read the Kids Rule! Guide to Roman England, to discover the secrets of our Roman sites, including Hadrian's Wall, Chesters and Housesteads Roman forts, and take our quiz to find out if you could make it in Hadrian's cavalry!

This is part of the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

Download your copy

Roman poster: make your mega timeline!

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in a busy Roman settlement.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

Download the Roman poster
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