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Writing Competition

Take part in our annual writing competition to win an activity day for your class!

WIN a Roman themed 'I came, I saw, I had a great time!' activity day for your entire class!

Mystery at the Bath House: A Baffling Tale...

In around AD 69, the local King Cogidubnus built the town of Noviomagus Reginorum (that's Chichester to you and I) for the townspeople that lived there. In amongst the winding streets, full of bakers, tavernas and shops, a magnificent public bath house was built. The daily bustle of bathers, oyster sellers and slaves to stoke the fires and pluck the hair from their masters' arms and legs meant there was plenty of opportunity for troublesome plots and tricks.

What do you think might have happened at the bath house?

We would like you to submit a piece of writing about your Mystery at the Bath House to be in with a chance of winning a Roman themed 'I Came, I Saw, I had a great time!' activity day for your class (up to 30 pupils). To enter, you must produce a piece of writing, no longer than one side of A4, about your 'Mystery at the Bath House'. The writing can be any style - story, poem or play. The competition is open to all children aged 7 - 11.

You can decorate your entry but judging will be based only on the writing. All entries must be at The Novium Museum by 4pm on Friday 27 November 2020. Winners will be contacted by Friday 4 December 2020 and allocated a date in January or February 2021 for their prize activity day.

Please ensure you check your class teacher and the school are happy for you to enter and be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Please attach your writing submission to your entry form and send to us via post or drop off for The Learning Team, The Novium Museum, Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH, or scan both in and email to

word icon Entry Form [1012kb]

pdf icon T&C - Writing Competition 2020 [417kb]