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Events - 1 Jun 19

Eboracum Roman Festival 2019 – Fri 31 May 2019

Eboracum Roman Festival 2019

Dates: Friday 31 May 2019–Sunday 2 June 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient city of York this summer for the annual Eboracum Roman Festival.

From 31 May – 2 June, Roman Eboracum comes to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, Kids Army, demonstrations and activities for all ages.

Visit the Yorkshire Museum to discover York’s Roman history through some of Britain’s greatest Roman treasures:

  • walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor
  • see the statue of Mars – the finest example of a Roman statue ever found in Britain
  • marvel at the marble head of Constantine
  • stand at the tombstone of Lucius Duccius Rufinus, Standard Bearer of the Ninth Legion

Special family-friendly activities will take place throughout the museum; see if you measure up for the Roman Army, make mini catapults and more!

On Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the Roman Parades as the Roman Emperor, six Roman Legions and Roman civilians march through the iconic streets of York.

Activities in the Museum Gardens and the Roman Parades are free. Museum admission applies to activities in the Yorkshire Museum.

Events Programme

Click here to download the Roman Festival events programme.

Please see below for information about our bookable events.

Romans in the North

Friday 31 May, 10am – 4.30pm

Explore recent archaeological fieldwork, research and community projects at this one day symposium which brings together a range of speakers from York – and beyond. Find out more.

Eboracum Tour: York’s Roman Fortress – Kurt Hunter Mann

Friday 31 May, 6-7.30pm

The original Eboracum fortress, built more than 1,900 years ago, established the centre of York and a pattern of streets that still exist today. Find out more.

Eboracum Tour: Roman Graveyards in York – John Oxley

Saturday 1 June, 6-7.30pm

Back by popular demand, discover how and where the Romans buried their dead in, or rather outside, Roman York. Find out more.

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Automaton Clock: Talk and Demonstration – Sat 1 Jun 2019

Automaton Clock: Talk and Demonstration

Date: Saturday 1 June 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join us for this talk on the Automaton Clock, an extravagant clock featuring moving figures and sound.

In this talk, we’ll discuss this fascinating clock and what we know about its history. Afterwards, we’ll activate the clock so you can see its many decorations brought to life.

The talk starts at 2pm, will last between 5-10 minutes and is included with your gallery admission. For our admission prices, please see our visitor information page.

In the meantime, why not see some of the other fascinating objects in our collection?

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Eboracum Tours: Roman Graveyards in York – John Oxley – Sat 1 Jun 2019

Eboracum Tours: Roman Graveyards in York - John Oxley

Date: Saturday 1 June 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: Exhibition Square

Back by popular demand, discover how and where the Romans buried their dead in, or rather outside, Roman York.

Learn about Roman burial practices and the way the Romans thought about death and the afterlife.

On this walk you’ll visit some of York’s most interesting Roman cemeteries, find out about the evidence recovered from each place and how it tells the story about the topography of Roman York.

This event costs £6 per person and is a bookable event. Click here to book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Eboracum Roman Festival 2019

This walking tour is just one of many events taking place as part of the Eboracum Roman Festival 2019.

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