Last weekend I took Billy the Kid and Cat to see the Roman Machines exhibition at Te Manawa. Billy has been a huge fan of Roman militaria for many years.
When we arrived we discovered that the statue of Charles Monro outside the museum had been “Yarn Bombed”. He’s dressed as a Roman Gladiator – in pink!
We found the Machines easily enough – but got distracted by a Roman game laid out to try in the entranceway. It’s a game very like noughts and crosses, only the grid is bigger and it’s played with counters (in this case gray and white stones). The kids had fun playing a round.
I note that the basket holding the counters looks rather less Roman, and more like an object from closer to home….
After the game we moved on and bought our tickets. There were several other families already checking out clever wonders of the Roman era. The exhibition has a range of scale model replicas of the devices that the Romans invented, many of which are still used to this day. Cranes and catapults, water pumps and pulleys – all fully interactive. There’s a scale replica of the form used to build stone arches. Billy and Cat had a go at building an archway, carefully placing the keystone at the top.
Each part of the exhibition is accompanied by interesting details that tie it back Continue reading