Ribchester Roman festival taking shape

Katie with her award pictured by the headstone for a Roman cavalry officer at Ribchester Museum
Katie with her award pictured by the headstone for a Roman cavalry officer at Ribchester Museum

The Romans are coming to Ribchester - again!

The Legionnaires popular re-enactment society’s annual visit this year is morphing into a festival on July 9 and 10 at the village’s Roman Museum.

It will be celebrating all things Roman at the old fort on the site the garrison occupied from AD 70 to the 389’s AD.

And waiting to welcome them, as well as museum curator Patrick Tosteven, will be 22-year-old University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) student Katie Hayes.

Staffordshire born and bred and studying archaeology and history at the Preston university, Katie has helped at the museum for the past two years.

And this term she has won the UCLAN vice chancellor’s award for excellence in volunteering.

She went to an open day at the university in 2013, loved it, decided it was the one for her ... and became a volunteer at the museum that year.

She explained: “My lecturer pointed me in that direction when I was looking to do something extra outside university, and I love it here now also!”

Praising her work with young school pupils, visitors and in the office, Patrick said: “Katie has been a great help and asset to the museum. Volunteers are a major part of our workforce, they cover every day of the week and at weekends. Without them we would find it very difficult for the museum to function.”

As well as the festival, Katie - who graduates in July and aims to work in academic publishing in Oxford or Cambridge - is looking forward to a four-day archeological dig from June 20 and, in partnership with UCLAN, the team excavating behind the museum’s fort.

Founded 102 years ago, the museum holds regular digs which the public can join and for details of this next one, contact Patrick on 01254 878261.