A Ribble Valley museum is preparing to step back in time to celebrate a landmark anniversary.
Ribchester Roman Museum will host a two-day event from this Saturday, July 12th, to mark its centenary. Celebrations include re-enactments from Legio Secunda Augusta, a first century society and Roman cavalry group Romanorum.
A mosaicist, lawyer, masseur, surgeon and troop of gladiators and Roman women and children will be on hand to demonstrate how the Romans used to live in Ribchester.
Youngsters will also have the chance to dress up in armour, fight with Roman gladiators and participate in a range of other activities. The museum in Riverside was established by Margaret Greenall with the aim to stem the flow of artefacts out of the village that had occurred ever since it was first recognised as a site of special historic interest. The original museum, under the name Ribchester Museum of Roman Antiquities, comprised of one room before an extension was built in the 1960s.
The Ribchester Museum Trust was formed in the 1980s following the National Trust’s decision to relinquish the property after almost 70 years of ownership.
In 2001, the museum reopened following the completion of an ambitious redevelopment scheme which saw Heritage Lottery Funds, European funding and grants extend the building and construct a new wing. For more information about the event log onto www.ribchesterromanmuseum.org