Students uncover Hinckley’s Roman history

Published Thursday, 20 April 2017

REDMOOR Academy students in Hinckley will be exhibiting some interesting historical research in a week-long exhibition in the town's Atkins Gallery next month.

The Footprints on the Fosseway project was established to give students the opportunity to explore the Roman history of Hinckley and surrounding areas. This was done through a variety of activities in conjunction with the Hinckley & District Museum and the Hinckley Archaeological Society.

At the heart of the project was an archaeological dig at Sharnford, where students worked with the archaeological society to uncover a new section of the Fosse Way. The section of road uncovered is within the school’s catchment area.

As well as the dig, the students also carried out research at Hinckley museum, at the Jewry Wall Museum in Leicester, and by attending various talks by Roman experts.

The exhibition, which runs from 5 to 10 May, will feature an original handmade mosaic created using traditional Roman methods; costumes created by students for use by actors in a world premiere of a forgotten Roman play, and a life-size Roman chariot of the type used on the Fosse Way which was created by six students. The chariot will then transfer over to the Hinckley museum to be featured in their new season exhibition 'What did the Romans ever do for us'?

The exhibition will also comprise written pieces and photographs that document the year’s exploration.

Alongside the chariot and the dig, other students worked on creating costumes and jewellery to be worn in a presentation of the play ‘The Girl from Andros’ by Terence. The play was performed by a combined company of professional actors and members of the school’s youth theatre.

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