A look at life on front line across centuries

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There is a chance to explore what life was like on the front line this half-term as two of York’s museums looks at life in the Roman legion and desert warfare in the First World War.

At York Castle Museum, visitors can meet Great War veteran, Frank Wood, hear his story and join him on a mission in the Middle East. The soldier, played by actor Chris Cade, will be at the museum at regular intervals throughout next week.

Visitors can also take a close look at real medals and the people behind them and sample trench cake, a morale boosting fruit cake, made using war-time recipes.

At the Yorkshire Museum, visitors can handle real Roman artefacts from the collections, listen to a talk from one of the curators and join in with a range of activities.

On Wednesday next week, there are also drop-in sessions to allow visitors to create their own Roman Catapult, based on a nearly life-size replica.

All activities are included in the admission, which is free to York Card holders, with all children under 16 also getting free entry with a paying adult.

The assistant curator of history learning, Lisa Coombs, said: “It is great that we are able to offer visitors the opportunity to learn about local people who fought in the First World War; Frank Wood’s story is fascinating and our medal collection and the stories behind them are remarkable.

“Recreating authentic trench cake in the Castle Kitchen is something a bit different for visitors to experience and we think they will really enjoy it.”

The assistant curator of science and archaeology learning, Emma Williams, said: “We have put together some great activities for families to enjoy this half-term.”