Hands-on
Key stages: Key stage 2
For: Primary
Skeleton secrets

Skeleton secrets

A museum osteologist (bone scientist) displays the bones of a teenage girl.

Session description

Discover the stories of the Roman dead in this STEM-based history and archaeology session.

Meet our expert museum osteologist (bone scientist) and archaeologist and find out how they use clues from bones to gather evidence about the lives of Roman Londoners.

Pupils will develop historical and scientific enquiry skills by examining real and replica bones and teeth.

The day includes a visit to our temporary exhibition, Roman Dead, to explore rituals and beliefs about death and burial in Roman London.

Group size:

 35, 3 groups per day

Session duration: 

60 minute session plus 45 minute self-directed Roman Dead exhibition visit

How to book this session

Cost: Free (but cancellation charges apply)

Please check this availability list to see which dates can be booked and then contact the Box Office on 020 7001 9844 to book. If you have difficulty using the telephone, please visit the museum accessibility page for assistance.

Please be aware that you are booking a timetabled package, which will include set times for your session, self-directed gallery time, and lunch tables for your group.

Help with visit costs

Are you a London school? You might be eligible for money to cover transport and visit costs! Find out more on the City of London School Visits Fund website (external link, opens in a new tab).

Additional handy information

Curriculum links

  • KS2 History: Roman Britain
  • KS2 Science: Identifying scientific evidence related to human skeletons

Useful resources

Read our handy Roman Dead - information for KS2 teachers (PDF 9.7mb)
Download and print our colourful Roman Dead – exhibition trail (PDF 7.7mb)