Arbeia Roman Fort (South Shields)
A fort which once protected and secured the sea route to Hadrian’s wall as well as being a major component in the military presence along the wall, the Arbeia Fort has served several purposes throughout the history of Roman Britain. Serving not only as a home to over 600 members of the Roman military and a HQ to the Emperor himself it also transformed into a busy global port connecting the Roman empire with other communities around the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this fort has some of the best examples of full-scale Roman remains and renovations in the entire country. On a visit to this fort you and your students can step back in time immersing yourselves in an ancient community, exploring military living quarters, homes and discovering treasures from one of the largest collections of Roman artefacts all found around the site itself. Interactive elements such as re-enactment actors, gladiator events and story telling tell your students the stories of people who called Arbeia home and what life was like for them during Roman Britain.
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