New resource looks at north’s Roman history

Roman Centurians at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum at Wallsend. Picture by Stan Gamester.

Roman Centurians at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum at Wallsend. Picture by Stan Gamester.

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A new learning resource looking back at part of the region’s history has been launched online.

Pupils can now learn more about the Romans and the mark they left on the north through the programme looking at Hadrian’s Wall.

There are so many learning opportunities for all ages which can be based around Hadrian’s Wall.

Wall Face education consultant Yvonne Conchie

Developed as part of the Wall Face project, it features 11 Roman attractions including Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend.

The £124,000 Wall Face project was organised through a partnership of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, English Heritage, National Trust, Vindolanda Trust, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust, Senhouse Museum Trust and the Hadrian’s Wall Trust.

Wall Face education consultant Yvonne Conchie said: “There are so many learning opportunities for all ages which can be based around Hadrian’s Wall.

“Romans are the usual subject studied on Hadrian’s Wall by schools, but we want to encourage teachers to remember that learning right across the curriculum and age ranges can be illuminated by Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

“For the Wall Face resource we’ve focussed on the Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 14) art and design curriculum.

“Children are encouraged to consider their own identity and legacy by studying the people in the National Portrait Gallery Wall Face images and how they influenced our heritage and demonstrated the need for conservation.”

The resource is designed for the classroom and encourages visits to the Roman sites.

Nigel Mills, Wall Face programme manager, said: “We are delighted that Wall Face has been a catalyst for generating high quality education resources that extend the scope of education opportunities for the World Heritage Site across the whole curriculum.”

“Other learning resources that are available from the website include the World Heritage in Young Hands education pack created by UNESCO, and the Campaign and Eagles Have Landed education packs.

“There are links from the website to the programmes run at the 11 sites and museums across the World Heritage Site.”

Topics look at understanding the meanings and legacies people have sought to convey through choosing what to include in their portraits, using images of the archaeologists and antiquarians featured in the Wall Face exhibition and Roman objects such as clay and stone sculptures, paintings, tombstones and coins.

Topics also help the children critically evaluate the work of modern, historic and ancient artists, and use their learning to create modern-day portraits of their own.

The Wall Face learning resource is at www.visithadrianswall.co.uk/learning