Roman Medicine Roadshow awarded funding extension

August 20, 2013

Roman Medicine Roadshow granted ‘prestigious’ funding extension



We are celebrating this week after prestigious science funders The Wellcome Trust have agreed our Roman Medicine Roadshow until mid-2014 – and we're inviting new secondary schools to take part for free.

The Roman Medicine Roadshow offers the public an insight into the history of medicine in the Roman world, and has seen the team stage live events across the UK alongside free workshops in secondary schools. Experts from the British Museum and the Museum of London supported the Big Heritage Team in creating a programme events which includes ‘Pub Archaeology’ sessions, ‘live’ Roman surgery and a ground-breaking Bones Lab – giving the public the opportunity to come face to face with a genuine human skeleton showing signs of various injuries and medical treatment.

Big Heritage were awarded a People Award from The Wellcome Trust in 2012 to run the project, and based upon its success, it has received further funding until mid-2014 which will see the team take on a new member of staff, grow its work locally and link up with heritage sites and museums across the UK.

Company founder, Dean Paton said: “We are delighted to have been invited by the Wellcome Trust to extend this project. It’s an honour which reflects our team’s ability to engage the public with archaeology and science without losing an element of entertainment. The project is more than just history however: it’s about introducing new audiences to contemporary science, medical ethics, and encouraging debate on subjects ranging from euthanasia to public health care.”

A spokesperson from the Wellcome Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our support for the Roman Medicine Roadshow as it offers such a lively and entertaining way for young people and adults to be immersed in the history of medicine. The live events are very energetic and give the audience a real insight into Roman surgery methods, and how science is enabling our understanding through examination of skeletal material.”

Schools interested in booking a workshop with the Big Heritage team are encouraged to make contact early as places are already limited. Email for more details.