A partially dry day, and a partially free weekend, allowed for a visit to Caerwent. It's been a couple of years, but generally the sites look to be holding up. A bit of wear and tear here and there but that is probably as much to do with the recent weather as it is to do with anything else. Always a pleasure wandering around this landscape.
The National Roman Legion Museum held another one of their reenactment events over the weekend, one of a series of gladiatorial themed occasions. These have been very well received, and quite rightly continue to be a major feature of the museum's events programme. Despite the many different takes on reenactment warfare to have been undertaken at the museum, to my shame I had failed to see a single one in person. So, with a window of half an hour to spare on Saturday, I marched myself down to the museum, and finally saw first hand a series of gladiator battles. I can't say I got much of a feel for the day, with only half an hour to enjoy proceedings, but the large crowd of families assembled certainly seemed thoroughly engaged by the four battles which took place - and if we consider audience engagement to be a major feature of what we are doing with our museums today, then such events are going some way to achieving that.
The photographs below give a small flavour of the weekend's battles.