Horncastle wins top award for Roman display

Sheila Jonkers in front of the Roman wall in the town's library EMN-151230-163416001
Sheila Jonkers in front of the Roman wall in the town's library EMN-151230-163416001
0
Have your say

Horncastle has won first prize in a national competition for the best exhibition of everyday life in Roman times.

The competition was organised by renowned historian Mary Beard to mark the publication of her latest novel.

Horncastle’s exhibition - staged at the town’s library - came out on top, despite facing a strong challenge from much bigger towns.

The display was set up by local amateur historian Shelia Jonkers who is a renowned expert on the town’s Roman era.

Mrs Jonkers has previously staged exhibitions at the library and organises walks around the town’s Roman walls.

She said: “The team-leader of the library contacted me because I’d helped with Roman displays before.

“We settled on a theme of a Roman kitchen and I had a collection of Roman artefacts and clothing.

“I even managed to make a mock up Roman stove and added vegetables, spices and herbs and information about Roman eating habits.

“We also included a shop mannequin dressed as an ordinary Roman woman!

“We never expected to win - especially as it was a national competition.

“Obviously, the display ticked all the boxes with Mary Beard, which is great because she is something of a hero of mine.”

Mrs Jonkers, one of the leading figures in the campaign to preserve the town’s Roman walls, said she wanted to thank everyone at the library for their support.

The prize was a hamper, which library staff have donated to Mrs Jonkers, along with a signed copy of Mary Beard’s latest book ‘SPQR’.