That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore donned one of her many hats (and a toga-style ganzey) this week when she wrote to tell me that this Sunday, 19th July 2015, it’s the annual open day at Wall village and Roman site, just up the A5 between Lichfield and Shenstone.
The event is focussed on the Roman site, but there will be stuff going on throughout the village from 11am until 4pm – there’s cake at the village hall, which sounds a treat in itself. The whole thing seems excellent for kids and those interested in local history alike.
A little bird tells me that Kate will be on hand. Whether she’ll be doing impromptu talks on the history of Roman knitwear has not been revealed.
The friends of Letocetum wrote:
Wall Open Day – 11am to 4pm, Sunday 19th July 2015
Step back in time and discover the history of the Roman settlement in the village of Wall at this year’s open day, organised by the Friends of Letocetum in conjunction with The National Trust and English Heritage. The family fun day takes place on Sunday 19th July 2015 from 11am to 4pm and visitors will be able to experience life as a Roman soldier, get creative with a Roman artist and explore what everyday life would have been like here at Letocetum. A group of Saxons are also setting up an encampment at the site and for literature fans there will be a Saxon book binder and storyteller. Children can take part in a range of games and activities and there will also be a stall selling Roman games, perfumes and beads.
John Crowe, chair of the Friends group and Wall Parish Council said, ‘Last year we welcomed over twelve hundred visitors. The whole village comes together each year for our annual open day, and we want people to come along and have fun, whilst learning more about the significance of this major Roman settlement, situated at the crossroads of two of the most important roads at the centre of Roman Britain. The Staffordshire Hoard was discovered just one mile to the west of the village, and other finds from the local area suggest that Christianity may have been established at Letocetum prior to St. Chad’s arrival in Lichfield.’
‘The church of St John, built in 1837 and designed by William Moffatt and George Gilbert Scott, will be open to visitors, and refreshments will be available in the village hall. There will also be volunteers on hand in the museum to talk visitors through the fascinating collection of artefacts discovered at the site, so please do come and join us for what will be an enjoyable and informative day.’