• A gallery with about 100 sq metres of open floor space.
• Electrical power – two plug sockets.
• One of the exhibits use water and may cause splashing but mats can be provided.
• The exhibition must be supervised at all times when in use, preferably by staff accustomed to working in an interactive environment.
Make a mosaic – Use small marble and stone tiles to create your own design.
Archimedes screw – Turn a handle to watch balls travel up the screw – originally invented by Archimedes to lift water.
Catapult – Build a castle wall and fire balls with a catapult machine to knock it down.
Aqueduct – Place channels and pillars to build an aqueduct to channel water from a spring to a village.
Roman arch – Build a Roman arch and see how strong it is.
Ancient translation – Write your name in hieroglyphics and use a clay tablet to translate a message in cuneiform.
Grinding wheel – Assemble cogs on a magnetic table to turn the grinding stone.
Word spinner – Make up entirely new word from Greek and Roman roots, or understand the origin of familiar words.
South pointing chariot – Wheel the chariot around the gallery and work out how the man always points south.
Signaling – Communicate with your friend using flags, how the Romans used to do.
Archimedes mirrors – Position three mirrors to concentrate the ‘sunlight’ onto a ship and watch how quickly the temperature rises.
Mechanical locks – Try opening an Egyptian and a Roman lock and see how they work.
Musical scales – Pluck a guitar string in the correct places worked out by Pythagoras and play harmonious chords.
Hero’s 5 simple machines – Experiment with the lever, wheel, screw, pulley and wedge. These were the only machines ancient builders had to help them lift heavy weights.