Flora: Plants in Roman Life

How the Romans used plants and flowers

Silver cup showing detail of laurels


Until Sunday 29 September

About the exhibition

The Romans not only used plants for food, medicine, and dyeing, but also in religious ceremonies and as decoration. They wore wreaths of flowers and leaves during dinner parties, and decorated buildings and military standards during annual Rose Festivals. 

This exhibition explores the importance and everyday use of plants in Roman life. Look out for the Leaf Alert labels around the museum highlighting objects with plant or flower decoration.