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A very Roman makeover

A group of Chichester College students have been helping staff and volunteers at Fishbourne Roman Palace step back in time.

The 12 students, who are on the verge of completing their second year of a BTEC diploma in production arts hair and make-up, spent the Easter break at the historic site recreating styles that would have been seen during the palace’s heyday.

It’s the culmination of a year-long project, which started back in September, and forms part of their final assessment.

They have been creating hair styles, hair pieces – including moustaches – and make up designs that reflect the look of the era.

Katie Sheat was one of the students helping at the palace. She said: “I’ve really enjoyed it.

“It’s been a really interesting experience to learn about how the Romans used make-up, their style and then trying to recreate that ourselves.

“Everyone at the palace has been really helpful and welcoming to us, giving us advice and talking to us about life in Roman times, which has really helped.”

Betina Blake, Head of Marketing at Fishbourne Roman Palace, was involved in the project and was transformed into a noblewoman complete with a blonde wig.

She said: “We’ve had a lot of fun doing this and the students have done a great job. They were very professional and focused on the project.

“I was very impressed.”

Julie Davis, Deputy Head of Learning for Apprenticeships (Service Industries), added: “We are very grateful to the team at the palace for giving up their time for our students and for offering us this opportunity.

“They have all been extremely welcoming and flexible in allowing the students to use different techniques to create a number of looks for both men and women.