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History Detectives: Roman Britain

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Put your class’ investigation skills to the test with our new interactive history series. This month, the children travel back in time to Roman Britain

Screen grab from the History Detectives game

The children are transported back in time to Roman Britain

The story

The aim of this interactive history series is to encourage children to use their investigation skills to help the characters, Joe and Fabia, find the owner of an artefact from the past. You can decide how to use the game to fit in with your teaching. There are three other games in the series: the Tudors, the Victorians and the 21st century.

Joe and Fabia are best friends. This summer, they went to stay with Joe’s Uncle Frank. He lives in a big house with lots of rooms to explore, including an attic hosting a treasure trove of artefacts from Uncle Frank’s days as an archaeologist. Strange things happen in the attic. Joe and Fabia realise that when they touch certain artefacts, they are transported back in time and are challenged with a mission to find the artefact’s original owner.

How to begin

The Interactive game, this month focuses on Roman Britain. Set in Bath, it uses fact and fiction to recreate a typical street scene. To begin, your class need to explore the attic to find the gold and pearl necklace that will transport them back in time.

When in Rome…

Once the children have explored the attic and found that the necklace transports them back to Bath during Roman Britain, they must use the available tools to piece together who it belongs to. Joe’s uncle found the necklace while excavating a Roman road. The surrounding market scene is full of characters – four of them the potential owner of the necklace: a wealthy lady, a travelling merchant, a jewellery maker and a servant girl.

Audio – hear my story: Children can click on the audio buttons next to the four main characters to hear their story and help them build a case for who the necklace belongs to. They can then type any information they think is important into the notepad. Print versions of the characters’ stories are also available on Activity sheet, ‘Character stories’.

Clues: The question mark icons can be clicked on for clues based on factual information. The children must read them carefully as they will help to eliminate certain characters. Again, children can add details to the notepad. There is also the option to ‘Ask the expert’. Once the children have heard the characters’ stories, read the clues and asked the expert, they can start to build a case as to who they think owns the necklace. They can then type their answer into the ‘answer’ box. The case is solved when they find the right owner.


  1. Harry
    on 20 March 2011


    it was really helpful with my history and detective skills