Monster Mummies

Friday 1st November

Many people were still being mummified in Roman times. Come along and make a scary mummy for Halloween.

> Drop in 11am–3pm


Saturday 30th November

& 7th/14th/21st December

Enjoy a Roman Christmas festival at Experience Barnsley, activities range from creating edible mice (a Roman speciality!) to making garlands and decorations as the Romans did.

> Drop in 11am–3pm

Creating Roman Jewellery

Saturday 26th October

Make your own silver bangle to take home, inspired by Roman jewellery in the exhibition, with expert silversmith Julie Pratt.

> 1pm  Limited to 6 people

Over 16s only   Admission £25

Local Archaeology

Saturday 2nd


Ever wondered what treasures have been found

in South Yorkshire? Find out in a talk by Eleanore Cox from the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Including your chance to handle some archaeology.

> 2pm–4pm

Looking After the Past

Saturday 9th November

How do we look after Archaeology Collections? Discover more with Helen Harman, Curator of Archaeology at Museums Sheffield.

 > 2pm

Community Archaeology

Saturday 16th November

Community Archaeology Ltd involve people in their heritage, inspiring groups and schools to get hands on with their past. Find out about a day in the life of a Community Archaeologist with Kev Cale.

> 2pm

Romans in South Yorkshire

Saturday 23rd November

The Romans certainly had an impact on South

Yorkshire! Come along and listen to a fascinating talk by Martyn Johnson, Sunday Times best-selling author and historian.

> 2pm

What have you found?

Saturday 28th September

Found a piece of archaeology? Bring along your finds for identification by Jessica Tibber, Finds and Archives Supervisor at Wessex Archaeology Service.

> 2pm–4pm

Life and Death

Saturday 5th October

An illustrated talk on ‘Life and Death in the Roman

Empire’ by Maureen Carroll, Professor of Roman

Archaeology at University of Sheffield.

> 2pm

Barnsley’s Roman Pottery

Saturday 12th October

Hear how Barnsley’s Roman pottery has been conserved in an illustrated talk by Jenny Truran, Conservation Officer from Lancashire Conservation Studios.

> 2pm

Barnsley, Egypt and Beyond

Saturday 19th October

Discover Barnsley’s links to Rome, Egypt and beyond through hoards of coins discovered at Darfield, with Professor Joann Fletcher of the University of York’s Department of Archaeology and guest curator of the exhibition.

> 2pm

Vitrum Citara

Saturday 19th October

Work with professional musician Amanda Johnson

who will help you play beautiful Roman-inspired

music on our special Romanesque version of the

harp – the Vitrum Citara.

> 10am–12pm

A Very Roman Menu

Saturday 26th October

Did you know the Romans ate breakfast, lunch and

dinner, just as we do today! Be inspired by Roman

specialities and create your own edible dormice to

take home.

> 10am–12pm

Gruesome Gargoyles

Thursday 31st October

Create your own gruesome gargoyle for Halloween

inspired by gargoyles in the museum.

> Drop in 11am–3pm

Sweet Mosaics

Saturday 14th September

& 2nd November

Inspired by the Romans’ love of sweet food this workshop is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Using jelly beans instead of mosaic pieces, artist Richard Johnson of Kidology will help you make the brightest coloured, sweetest smelling and tastiest

mosaic you have ever seen.

> 10am–12pm

Cornu Making Workshop

Saturday 21st September & 9th November

The Cornu is a ‘brass’ instrument from ancient Rome. In this fun workshop professional musician Amanda Johnson of Kidology will help you make a Cornu from all sorts of household equipment and implements, to blow your own glorious fanfares.

> 10am–12pm


Saturday 28th September

& 16th November

Find out about Roman soldiers and make your own special shield.

> 10am–12pm

Roman Jewels

Saturday 5th October & 23rd November

Discover who wore jewellery in Roman times and make your own animal brooch or jewellery inspired by the exhibition.

> 10am–12pm

Bronze Animal Gods

Saturday 12th October

The Romans associated various animals with the gods they worshipped and often carried small bronze figurines of them. Make your own miniature bronze animal figurine using special paints, patinas and ageing effects.

> 10am–12pm

Roman Soldiers

Saturday 14th September

Watch out for Roman Soldiers being drilled for

military training on the town hall square! Find out

what it was like to march thousands of miles across the world, learn about Roman medicines and food. Watch soldiers and centurions preparing for war.

> All day

Archaeologist for the Day

Saturday 21st September

Find out more about practical archaeology and how

to work in the field, have a go at digging with Elmet

Archaeological Services.

> 2–4pm

The Romans are Coming

Programme of Events at Barnsley Town Hall

All events are FREE except “Creating Roman Jewellery”