History - Roman Britain
Invasion, conquest and settlement
The Roman invasion of 43 AD was far from decisive, indeed it took a few decades for the Romans to stretch their influence across much of the length and breadth of our isles. Repeated skirmishes forced the Romans to settle garrisons of troops here and it is this military heritage that survives in a lot of places to this day.
Away from the front line which was pushing through Wales and towards Scotland, Romans who had wealth or positions of power built themselves grand villas in the Mediterranean style, with magnificent mosaic floors, which must have looked completely alien to local people. From the evidence that does survive from the time, it appears that not all of the local inhabitants of Britain were keen to see that back of the Romans, with many seeming to adapt to a Roman way of life; clearly borrowing architectural styles.
Despite the time which has elapsed since the Romans left, and the many layers of building and destruction that have taken place in the interim, there are still many treasures up and down the country that will give school children a wonderful insight into Roman life. If you are studying any aspect of the Roman occupation you will find some excellent school visit opportunities on this page.wall in the whole Roman empire, and the more peaceful setting of Roman Bath.