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Hazard Information for teachers

Rockbourne Roman Villa

Rockbourne Roman Villa is in rural west Hampshire, near the New Forest and approximately 4 miles from Fordingbridge and 9.5 miles from Salisbury.  The site is part of Hampshire Cultural Trust. Trained staff work to keep the building and exhibits in the safest and most accessible condition for school groups and the general public.

The Building/Site:

  • In the event of a fire the class would be directed to the fire assembly point, which is situated in the car park at the front of the building.
  • There is a ramp for access to the exterior of the site where the remains of the Villa is situated.
  • Your class will be visiting an archaeological site – the ground will be uneven and walking conditions will vary greatly depending on the weather.

Dress Code on Site:

  • Children should bring raincoats, hats and sun cream according to the weather. The exterior of the site is very exposed and there is little shelter outside.
  • Please can you ensure that everyone visiting is wearing suitable footwear. Heels should not be worn, as they increase the hazards on the site and are unsuitable for exploring the ruins. Open-toed sandals are also inadvisable. Trainers, Wellington boots, or Walking boots are ideal.
  • Sometimes it is necessary for the children to take off their boots when entering the museum. Changing into shoes can be time consuming so we suggest the children wear socks during the museum activity.

Handling Session:

  • Pupils are familiarised with their environment as part of the session introduction and made aware of potential hazards
  • Handling guidelines are explained for each visiting group
  • Teachers made aware of potential source of allergic reactions –fur and feather allergy –if relevant
  • Objects with moving parts immobilised or use of carefully supervised and hazard warning label attached to the object
  • The session will be facilitated by museum staff when handling artefacts, and the choice of artefacts to handle for a given group will be made by the trained museum staff                                                                                                                                                                      
  • To supervise the children closely for their own safety (particularly when exploring the site) and to prevent damage to the collections.
  • To reinforce the handling guidelines above.
  • To encourage children to concentrate on one thing at a time and discourage them from leaving an activity before finishing.  There should be time to see everything.
  • Please support pupils with reading activity cards during the Roman Ink Making & Votive activity.  
  • We recommend that adults have designated children who they are responsible for.
  • Adult helpers must report any accidents or injuries to Rockbourne Roman villa staff.


Supervisory ratio adults to children:

  • KS 1: 1 to 8
  • KS 2: 1 to 6