Togas and feasting at Ely museum for a Roman day

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:05 29 January 2018

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

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People had a chance to get out of their modern togs and into a Roman toga in an historic day at Ely Museum.

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael RouseRomans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

There was a feast of family fun and activities at the popular living history day where people had a chance to meet Roman soldiers, taste typical Roman foods and try their hand at Roman crafts.

Re-enactment actor “Marcus” was guest of honour who helped visitors learn about a day in the life of a soldier.

There were traditional dishes, dressing up costumes to try and plenty of opportunities to learn how the Romans lived.

The museum said that in the end the Romans contained the Fen land rather than conquering it.

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael RouseRomans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

A spokesman said: “The people of Ely would undoubtedly have been involved in the great Iceni rebellion led by Boudica in 60 AD but the Fens were a bit too much for the Romans to bother with – they saw little profit to be gained from such land.”

Local Roman goodies in the museum include a copy of a Roman helmet found at Witcham and pottery and tiles of the Pax Romana.

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael RouseRomans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael RouseRomans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael RouseRomans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael RouseRomans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael RouseRomans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

Romans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael RouseRomans at Ely Museum PHOTO: Michael Rouse

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