Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hazard Information for teachers

Rockbourne Roman Villa 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

  • The building complies with all necessary emergency access and alarms, all of which are well maintained and regularly tested
  • A Teacher pre-planning visit is strongly recommended. We ask that groups are properly briefed on how to behave in a museum, and that the correct ratio of adults to children is provided
  • The fabric of the building is always kept up to a safe condition, and we ask for adult supervision when moving children around the building.

The Exterior of the building

  • There is a wheelchair ramp for access to the exterior of the site where the remains of the Villa is situated
  • As your class will be visiting an archaeological site – please can you ensure that all people are 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
  • 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

Handling Session

  • Pupils are familiarised with their environment as part of 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
  • Visitors will at all times be supervised 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

Museum staff and school staff must lead groups in such a way as to avoid overcrowding and running in the building.


Supervisory ratio adults to children

  • KS 1 1 to 5
  • KS 2 1 to10