Event: Gore Blimey!
From sponges on sticks to nasty niffs! Explore with us the rotten, bloody and mouldy side of Roman life.
In our workshop we’ll be looking at the nasty side of Roman life. You can experience some smells of the age – from a fish market to an underground temple – make your own curse tablet or have a fake wound.
Many people have heard of the Emperor wearing purple clothes, but that purple dye came from the mucus of a type of shellfish. It’s said that even after the clothes were dyed and washed, the revolting smell of the shellfish was still on the clothes – would you fancy going around in clothes that smelt off rotten prawns?
And talking of fish, what about the Roman’s favourite food, fish sauce? Making this stuff was so smelly that is was only allowed outside town walls – and not surprisingly since it’s made from fish guts left to rot in the sun for three months!