Relics brought to life for students

PUBLISHED: 08:24 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 07:10 30 May 2010

Archaeologist Ian Turner shows old relics to Helena Romanes School pupils Katy Andrews and Tom Thompson     Picture: NICK THOMPSON

Archaeologist Ian Turner shows old relics to Helena Romanes School pupils Katy Andrews and Tom Thompson Picture: NICK THOMPSON

OLD relics were brought to life for Year 7 students at Helena Romanes School thanks to a visit from a professional archaeologist. Ian Turner, from Bedford-based company Albion Archaeology, took the pupils on whirlwind discovery history lessons throughout

OLD relics were brought to life for Year 7 students at Helena Romanes School thanks to a visit from a professional archaeologist.

Ian Turner, from Bedford-based company Albion Archaeology, took the pupils on whirlwind discovery history lessons throughout the fun day, and also gave a talk on the subject.

Mr Turner said: "As part of the topics the children are studying I was invited by the school to come in and try and bring the subject to life.

"We conducted talks, had some question and answer sessions, and all the pupils were allowed to pick up and touch the various artefacts we had on display."

Year 7 pupil Katy Andrews was one of the first in line to look at the objects close up.

She said: "It is great when you can see for yourself what all these old things look like. I wouldn't mind being an archaeologist when I grow up."

Later in the day pupils had the opportunity to sort and record real finds from a Roman excavation that recently took place, including pottery, tiles and bones.

Teacher Emily Platts said: "This was a unique opportunity for students to handle real historical finds and was so popular that we have asked the company to come again next year.

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