Roman troops camp outside the Redoubt

Roman reinforcements SUS-140406-173702001
Roman reinforcements SUS-140406-173702001

Re-enactors portraying soldiers from the late Roman period (300-400AD) will be camping outside the Eastbourne Ancestors exhibition at the Pavilion over the weekend of June 14-15.

The group from the Britannia company, who have worked extensively on film and TV including Ridley Scott’s Gladiator movie, will be showing how troops stationed nearby at the time would have looked.

They will also show what sort of life they could have expected to live at the turbulent time.

Towards the end of Roman rule in Britain, the Empire was in turmoil, with Barbarian incursions from the North and East pushing the defences to their limit.

The group will be showing how the army from this time was very different from that of the early Roman occupation both in appearance and structure.

They will also be showing some of the activities that troops carried out when in camp.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “It is probable that small armed groups such as this would have been seen around our coastline in the Late Roman Period, particularly with the fort at Pevensey so close.

“Some of the skeletons from this early period, studied as part of the Ancestors project, may even have dressed like this, giving us a further glimpse of the past that the team are trying to recreate with the exhibition.

“The event is one not to be missed!”

The event is free however donations to the project can be made in the Pavilion.

Britannia will be back on September 6-7 for the spectacular Murderous Games at the Redoubt, where the Parade Ground will become an arena where Gladiators will battle it out to the death.