Classicists Visit Bath

Last week, pupils studying Latin and Classics in Year 9 were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit the site of Aquae Sulis in the city of Bath. With the area having been public baths approximately two thousand years ago, it was surreal for us to imagine ourselves walking on the same ground as ancient Romans. The trip was a very worthwhile experience, with us all taking away something new, whether it be some new vocabulary or a sudden interest in Roman mythology, and was made all the more wonderful by the kind and patient staff at Aqua Sulis, who were eager to help us with daunting translation or with identifying an ancient artefact.

We began the day with a short walk to the site, which was highly appreciated after two hours on the coach. The classroom we then moved to appeared to be normal, but as we stepped inside we were greeted by the sight of many wondrous artefacts and replicas, as well as projections of ancient Latin carvings. With the help of our teachers and Aquae Sulis guide, we uncovered stories of ancient stoneworkers who had built the actual baths around us. We then learnt about the activities available at the Baths and the equipment necessary, and were lucky to be able to see and touch thousand-year-old oil scrapers and lamps.

Next we had the chance to walk around and tour the museum ourselves. The views down to the main pool from the walkway were magnificent; however, it didn’t end there, as we were able to walk all the way around the pool (of course while maintaining balance and a safe distance) and mimic the daily actions of the Romans who spent their time here two millennia before. With the help of our audio guides, we walked away from Aquae Sulis feeling like experts, and with our friends around us, the day was a perfect combination of education and entertainment.

Megan (Year 9)