Cruise ship's Boudicca display

THE Fred.Olsen cruise lines ship Boudicca is to exhibit the story of the Iceni warrior queen.The exhibition, in the ship's library, has been devised by the archaeology department of Colchester Museums, and comprises Roman coins, Samian Ware pottery, and a sample of the “Boudiccan destruction layer”, which is the name given to the bright, red earth containing the remains of buildings burnt during the anti-Roman revolt.

THE Fred.Olsen cruise lines ship Boudicca is to exhibit the story of the Iceni warrior queen.

The exhibition, in the ship's library, has been devised by the archaeology department of Colchester Museums, and comprises Roman coins, Samian Ware pottery, and a sample of the “Boudiccan destruction layer”, which is the name given to the bright, red earth containing the remains of buildings burnt during the anti-Roman revolt.

Philip Wise, curator of archaeology for Colchester Museums, masterminded the display and supervised the installation.

“Everyone knows something about the story of Boudicca, or Boadicea, and this display fills in some of the gaps in that knowledge,” he said.

“Colchester Museums is delighted to be associated with Fred.Olsen and their ship Boudicca, and in addition to having her name spread worldwide on the bows of this lovely ship, it's also wonderful to tell her story to so many people in this way.”

Boudicca, one of four ships in the Fred.Olsen fleet, is currently cruising from Dover to the Baltic, Mediterranean and Canary Islands.