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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Celtic and Roman history comes to life in Barrow

AWESTRUCK children got up close to Celts and Romans in Barrow during a living history day.

Celtic warriors and Romans greeted youngsters at the Meet the Ancestors Day at the Dock Museum in Barrow on Saturday.

Historical educational groups, Wild Dog Outdoors and Tale Trails, brought history to life with their interactive workshops. Children and their families were amazed to meet Venutius, King of the Brigantes and a fierce Celtic warrior. He wore 12kg of chainmail and visitors learned about military tactics, warfare, armour, and weapons.

Livia the Roman lady talked about domestic Roman life, the various plants the Romans introduced to Britain and how the Romans processed wheat into flour.

The children then had a go at grinding wheat on a rotary quern stone and a saddleback quern stone. They also had their faces painted to be Celtic warrior and created shield designs with a Carvetii Celt warrior.

Twins Jack and Harry van der Straaten, four, visited with their mum Kath Elloitt, while on holiday from Majorca to see their family in Barrow. The twin’s mum said: “This has been a great event for my two. They didn’t know what a warrior was before.”

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