Chiltern Open Air Museum invasion

PUBLISHED: 12:43 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:43 25 April 2014


On 4 & 5 May Roman Gladiators will be invading Chiltern Open Air Museum.

Britannia, one of the largest (and oldest) re-enactment groups in the UK, will be demonstrating the excitement and brutality of life in the late Roman period. See their impression of life and combat on a small island on the edge of a dying Roman Empire and the end of a Classical age.

Watch provincial gladiators in action as a team of criminals, barbarians and other prisoners of war, disgraced soldiers and thrill seekers fight for the entertainment of the crowds and the Emperor. Who will live, and who will die: you decide! Meet the costumed re-enactors, learn about life in the 1st century AD and even try your hand at have-a-go archery.

Britannia were founded in 1990 and have worked on over 150 TV and film projects, including Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and all five series of CBBC’s Horrible Histories. Siân Hammerton-Fraser, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, says: “We’re delighted that Roman Gladiators are returning to the Museum after staging one of last year’s most popular events, and I can’t wait to hear the screams of excitement from the crowds as the gladiators battle to the death! This will be a brilliant, unforgettable way to teach the whole family about Roman history.”
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