One of the most exciting new projects we are developing together with the classics centre this year involves the design and creation of a number of murals which will explore possible biographies for some of the many Roman artefacts we have on display at the centre.
Most of the items we have are pieces of much larger objects, and the idea behind these mural trails is to show the story of how some of these items would have been made and used, and eventually broken, and discovered centuries later as fragments. Each trail will consist of three murals which trace these stories; the artefact itself will then appear in small cabinet at the end of the mural trail. The trails will eventually appear all across the school campus, as well as in feeder schools.
Story trail one: Roman bottle
Scene 1: A Roman worker blows glass near a furnace
Scene 2: A wealthy Roman man pours wine out of the bottle into a cup in a symposium
Scene3: A cat knocks the bottle off a table
Scene 1: A Roman worker from Hispania pours olive oil from a large jar into an amphora
Scene 2: A different worker stacks amphorae into a ship in a Mediterranean port
Scene 3: A wealthy Roman lady in Britannia pours oil from a small glass container onto her skin. The amphora can be seen lying against the wall in a storage room in the background.
Scene 1: A Roman worker turns some clay on a potter's wheel
Scene 2: A Roman lady puts some jewellery into the pyxis
Scene 3: A thief steals the jewellery and smashes the pyxis
Scene 1: A Roman worker makes hundreds of roof tiles by pressing wet clay into rectangular moulds
Scene 2: A different Roman worker lays tiles on the roof of a fancy villa as a patrician family watch their home being built
Scene 3: The same villa lies in ruins after many decades of use. Roof tiles are spread on the ground.
Scene 1: A Roman worker creates thousands of mosaic tiles in a workshop by chiselling stone
Scene 2: A Roman family welcomes guests into their home. The floor is decorated with a large mosaic.
Scene 3: A group of modern archaeologists excavate the remains of a Roman villa. Fragments of the mosaic can be seen through a sedimentary layer.
Scene 1: A Roman worker strikes a coin in a workshop with a big hammer
Scene 2: A Roman man pays a merchant a bunch of coins in a market
Scene 3: A coin falls to the ground through a hole in the merchant's coin pouch