Roman Britain

We have a selection of Roman Discovery Boxes available for hire on a variety of themes:

‘The support we have had from the Museum Service has been invaluable to us during our topic on The Romans. The artefact boxes have really brought the project to life as they allow pupils to handle and explore artefacts and reproductions of Roman items. They particularly enjoyed finding out what all the items were and who would have used them.’ Goytre Fawr Primary School.

The Roman Cavalry

This box includes a helmet, shield, and full-size military horn or cornu, as well as day-to-day items used by Roman cavalrymen

The Roman Cavalryman Discovery Box Inventory

  • 1 x helmet
  • 1 x parma equestris (cavalryman’s shielf)
  • Selection of Roman coins
  • 1 x canteen
  • 1 x wax tablet
  • 1 x stylus
  • 5 x knucklebones
  • 5 x dice

The Roman Legionary Soldier Discovery Box Inventory (box 1)

  • 1 x galea (helmet)
  • 1 x lorica segmenta (segmented breastplate)
  • 1 x tunica (woollen tunic)
  • 1 x focale or sudarium (woollen scarf)
  • 1 x cornu (military horn)
  • 1 x pair of caliga (leather sandals)

The Roman Legionary Soldier Discovery Box Inventory (box 2)

  • 1 x cingulum militare (legionary soldier’s belt)
  • 1 x wax tablet
  • 1 x stylus
  • 1 x set of knucklebones
  • 5 x dice

Roman Domestic Life Discovery Box Inventory (Box 1)

  • 1 x tunica (tunic, man’s)
  • 1 x tunica (tunic, woman’s)
  • 1 x toga
  • 2 x woven belts
  • 1 x stola (woman’s long pleated dress)
  • 1 x palla (shawl)
  • 1 x trumpet brooch
  • 1 x bone comb
  • 1 x glass bottle
  • 2 x bone hairpins
  • 2 x torcs and bangles
  • 1 x chatelaine (a mini hygiene kit including ear scoop, tweezers and a nail pick)
  • 2 x tersorium (sponge on a stick)
  • 1 x pair of calceoli (leather sandals)
  • 1 x strigil
  • 1 x sistrum (ceremonial rattle)
  • 1 x fibula (brooch to fasten clothing)

Roman Domestic Life Discovery Box Inventory (Box 2)

  • 2 x candela (candles or torches)
  • 3 x clam shells
  • 1 x cochlearium (a spoon for eating shell fish)
  • A selection of Roman coins
  • 1 x drinking glass
  • 1 x greyware bowl
  • 2 x oil lamps
  • 1 x potera (saucepan)
  • 1 x wax tablet
  • 1 x stylus
  • 3 x pottery sherds
  • 1 x Roman roof tile

Roman Domestic Life Discovery Box Inventory (Box 3)

  • 1 x statue of Minerva
  • 1 x mortarium (mortar) and stone
  • 1 x samian ware bowl
  • 1 x greyware jar
  • 1 x iron cooking pot

Each Discovery Box costs £20.00 per half term or £30 per full term. The boxes can be collected from and returned to any of our three Museums in Abergavenny, Chepstow or Monmouth by prior arrangement.

Abergavenny Museum and Castle
The Castle, Castle Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EE
01873 854282

Chepstow Museum
Gwy House, Bridge Street, Chepstow NP16 5EZ
01291 625981

Monmouth Museum
Market Hall, Priory Street, Monmouth, NP25 3XA
01600 710630

To hire a Discovery Box please contact:
helenhenley@monmouthshire.gov.uk or karinmolson@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Please contact us to discuss your individual discovery box requirements.