13th May 2014, 8:55am
Romans invade Lincoln for first time in 1,600 years
Roman reenactment group Comitatus As the Vikings are to York, so the Romans are to Lincoln. And to celebrate the city’s Roman heritage the first ever Lindum Colonia Day will be held on 17th May, 2014.

A Roman camp will be set up in the grounds of Lincoln Castle and there will be military patrols through the city and battle demonstrations throughout the weekend.

A new, free, digital Roman trail will also be launched for people to follow using smartphones or a printed version, available to buy from the Visitor Information Centre.

The walking trail will take you around the upper Roman city to include the colonnade, the Roman well and the Church of St Paul in the Bail.

It will also take in other Roman landmarks further south in the city, including Roman Lower West Gate and St Mary’s Guildhall.

Emma Tatlow, Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager, said: “It has been 1,600 years since the Romans left the city, yet their marks can still be seen today. We felt it was important to recognise Lincoln’s heritage with a designated day and we really hope people will come to visit and take part in the fantastic activities we have planned throughout the entire weekend.”

Other events include guided tours of the hidden landmark Posterngate on the Saturday from 10am to 3.30pm at a cost of just £1 per person. Part of Lincoln's Roman South Wall, now found in a cellar of a bank, can only be seen during guided tours on selected dates through the year. The wall shows a Roman gate, believed to have been used to access the River Witham which was closer to the area than it is today.

Professional Conservators WHConservation - a partnership between University of Lincoln conservation graduates Leah Warriner-Wood and Terri Dewhurst - and students from the University of Lincoln’s conservation courses will be at St Mark’s Shopping Centre to talk about their work, demonstrate some of the techniques they might use on Roman finds and answer questions. Visitors will have the chance to try their hand at cleaning finds, examining Roman artefacts and making parts to repair broken objects.

Children can also excavate a ‘skeleton’ and use a digital microscope to investigate historic artefacts with Bishop Grosseteste University at St Paul in the Bail. The Collection will also present a late night programme of Roman activities. All activities are free.

For future years, Dr Jamie Wood, lecturer in the University of Lincoln’s School of Humanities, is hoping to make digital reconstructions of the city in the Roman period as part of a new History module ‘The Rise and Fall of Roman Britain’, which will focus on Lincoln during this period.

He said: “The Roman history of Lincoln often gets obscured by the focus on the great medieval monuments and the vitally important role that the city played in English history in the middle ages. But Lincoln was a really important military base in the early stages of the Roman occupation of Britain and developed into a significant administrative centre later on. It's great that Lindum Colonia Day is raising awareness of Lincoln's Roman heritage and the many fantastic Roman sites that dot the city to this day.”

For more detail on Lindum Colonia Day and the Roman Weekend taking place on Saturday, 17th May and Sunday, 18th May please go to www.visitlincoln.com/romans
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