Latin trip to Corinium Museum and Chedworth Roman Villa

On Thursday 30th March, all LC2 pupils studying Latin went on a trip to the Roman amphitheatre and Corinium Museum in Cirencester and Chedworth Roman Villa.

The day began with a visit to the impressive remains of the amphitheatre just outside the town. This amphitheatre, built in the early second century, is one of the largest known examples surviving from the Roman occupation of Britain, with capacity for 8,000 people.

A short drive into town then took us to the Corinium Museum, where the girls used replica objects and gravestones to learn about various people who lived in Corinium (the Roman name for Cirencester) in Roman times, including a Roman matrona, a doctor and a little boy. We then had an hour to explore the museum, before heading off to Chedworth Roman Villa.

Beautifully situated in the middle of the Cotswolds, the villa was built in the 2nd century AD and reached its heyday between 360 and 380 AD. During this time it was a place of wealth, luxury and comfort. The girls especially enjoyed seeing the remains of the bath house, complete with intricate mosaics and taking part in an archaeology-based teaching session where they sorted genuine artefacts from the Roman period.

Dr Wilkinson, Classics Teacher