Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum – Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
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What will students see and do?
Segedunum was built around 122AD as a fort to defend Hadrian’s Wall. Once home to 600 Roman soldiers, today it’s a preserved snapshot of local life in bygone times in the north east of England.
The fort combines the outdoor site and a museum. As well as Roman Britain history, the museum explores the significance of shipbuilding and coal mining in the region. Students from Newcastle and the surrounding area can enjoy local history trips that are rich in learning outcomes.
Segedunum’s panoramic viewing tower gives students views across the site. Along with the information screens and guides, it will offer your group a sense of the scale and perspective of the fort.
100m from the main site there’s a Roman bathhouse that would have served the troops. Students can learn about daily life from the excavated ruins. Hadrian’s Wall itself runs across the road from the fort. There’s a reconstructed section that children can visit to see how it would have appeared in Roman times.
As well as workshops for primary and secondary mainstream school students, Segedunum is committed to including pupils with SEND. The team is happy to work with teachers to create custom experiences according to the needs of all students.
For pupils unable to visit the fort and museum in person, virtual trips are also possible. Delivered online, these allow students to learn about daily life for soldiers at the fort. This includes interactive sessions with a question-and-answer time.
The museum has been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in recognition of the quality of its educational offering.
Teaching resources provided
All materials are provided for each activity booked. There are also additional teacher’s packs and resources available to download from the Segedunum website. These include background information on the workshops and activities offered at the centre.
Downloadable activities include colouring sheets, fact files and craft activities – for example, making a Roman standard, catapult or sensory kit. These resources tie in with many areas of the curriculum, from art to maths.
In addition to the virtual classes option on offer, it’s also possible to loan artefacts from the museum to support your group’s learning.
Minimum and maximum group size
Workshops at Segedunum generally have a maximum group size of 32 children. Contact the museum to discuss visits for larger groups.
Details of risk assessment
Visiting groups are responsible for any risk assessments required. However, you’re invited to undertake a preliminary visit of the site to assist with this. Combined with the centre’s hazard identification sheet, this makes risk assessment more straightforward.
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The on-site cafe serves hot and cold drinks and food. The gift shop has a range of souvenirs and gifts. Ten supervised children are allowed in the shop at a time.
There’s an activity room for school groups, which is ideal for workshops. It has views over the site, making it easy to refer to during activities.
Students can eat their packed lunches in the picnic area. The outdoor play area is perfect for kids to let off steam during break time.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm.
Entry to the museum is free for under 16s. Introductory talks and tours are £40. Workshops are £90 for 90 minutes. Half-day workshops are £120.
From Newcastle city centre take the A1058 or the A193. The postcode ‘NE28 6HR’ will take you straight to the museum via sat nav. There’s free parking available at the site.
Buddle Street, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear
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