Legion: Life in the Roman Army at The British Museum

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In this episode of Activity Quest, Adam explores the British Museum’s new exhibition, Legion: Life in the Roman Army.

It covers the journey of a Roman soldier from enlistment to retirement, featuring interactive exhibits, Horrible Histories partnerships, and a unique focus on ordinary soldiers!

Highlights include a soldier’s real story and an extraordinary exhibit of a Roman soldier’s remains, discovered in Herculaneum.ย 

The exhibition runs until the 23rd June 2024.

Click here to find out more!

What is Legion: Life in the Roman Army?

This exhibition transports you across the Roman empire, as well as through the life and service of a real Roman soldier, Claudius Terentianus!

Roman military history stretches as far back at the sixth century BC but it wasn’t until the first emperor, Augustus, that being a soldier became a job.

What did life in the Roman army look like from a soldier’s perspective?

What did their families make of life in the fort?

How did the newly-conquered react?

Legion explores life in settled military communities from Scotland to the Red Sea through the people who lived it.

How much is Legion: Life in the Roman Army?

The British Museum is free to enter but you do have to pay for some of its exhibitions, including Legion.

You can become a Member of The British Museum for ยฃ46.50 per person which gives you access to the exhibition.

Alternatively, you can book timed tickets online.

Adults start from ยฃ25 with a donation and under 16s go free.

How can I get to The British Museum?

The address is: The British Museum Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG.

๐Ÿšด By bike

Bicycle racks are available inside the gates of the Main Entrance on Great Russell Street (please note that folding bikes are not allowed inside the premises).

๐Ÿš‡ By tube

The four tube stations closest to the Museum are:

  • Tottenham Court Road: 5-minute walk
  • Holborn: 7-minute walk
  • Russell Square: 7-minute walk
  • Goodge Street: 8-minute walk

๐ŸšŒ By bus

The following bus routes pass within walking distance of the Museum:

  • New Oxford Street: 1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
  • Tottenham Court Road (northbound) / Gower Street (southbound): 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390
  • Southampton Row: 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188

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