More information on the British Museum day - click here

Still time to book for the British Museum day on June 18th! Get your booking in by the end of March.

Contact, or download booking form here

Newsletter 58 added (as well as a few missing numbers)


FREE Training Day

at Norwich Castle

Free Training Day at Norwich Castle

Friday 6th November. 2015 (NB - not this year!)

For teachers and TA's starting out with Minimus.

For further details contact Jane Maguire

Minimus at the British Museum 2016

Once again we are organizing a Minimus themed activity day at the BM.

This will be on Saturday June 18 th 2016. Click here for details and application form as a download from the website or request by email from the organizer Pam Macklin

Brand new Minimus Workbook is out for the Michaelmas Term. It has exercises and activities for pupils studying Minimus 1. Black and white, 24 pages, published by Minimus Et cetera. Click here to order.

Barbara's account of the first 20 years of the Project, Minimus becoming Maximus, is also available from Minimus Et Cetera. Click here to order.

There are still copies of Minimus in Practice (resource book for teachers) available here

Site update August 2015


Vocab flashcards and tests are now up for all 12 chapters of Minimus 1.


Site update July 2015

There are exciting additions to the collection of Support Sheets, to help teachers launching into Latin in the new school year.

For those new to Latin, check out the new Pronunciation guide by Jonathan Powell

Jane Maguire has produced a complete set of Schemes of Work for each chapter of Minimus

In response to popular demand, I have added flashcards and tests to help learn Minimus vocabulary.

Words from the first four chapters are featured (more to follow!).

The vocab tests work on a PC, an iPad and an iPhone - I haven't tried anything else! Please let me know what you think.

Site update June 2014

The current Newsletter is up (number 53), on a new page. The Newsletter page has links to current and archived newsletters, so if you've missed one, you can download it here.

Subscribe to the mailing list, and receive the Newsletter directly, by emailing Barbara.



Site update May 2014

Regina's Tombstone, featured in Chapter 11 of Minimus, has a special free app! Click here to find out more.



site update April 2014

Exciting news! Minimus In Practice, a cross-curricular resource book for teachers, is out! Written by Barbara Bell and illustrated by Helen Forte, the book is published by Minimus Et Cetera, and is available only from our website. It features lots of ideas for the non-specialist teacher, and a whole section of photocopiable exercises and games. Click here to find out more!

site update January 2014


Newsletter 52 is out now: click here to download it.

Minimus is out as an ebook! Cambridge University Press have chosen Minimus as one of their interactive publications. The combination of pictures, text and audio makes it a perfect fit for the iPad, ideally suited to homeschoolers and individual learners!

See CUP's page here

or search for Minimus on the Apple iBookstore.

Find out more on our page here

site update December 2013

Have a look at 'Pius castra servat', a comic starring Helen's Year 5 pupils. Our story features brave Roman soldiers, fierce Britons and skilful doctors - and a horse! The comic was made using ComicLife.

The pages are all on the Minimus blog - check it out!

If anyone is inspired to produce their own comic, we'd love to see it and perhaps put it up on website. Email me if you want any pointers.


site update 8th October 2013

Newsletter 51 is out, with plenty of useful information about the latest developments on the Minimus front.

Click here to download.


site update 8th October 2013

Newsletter 50 is now available - and it's a bumper edition, with Barbara's year-by-year timeline of the development of Minimus.

Click here to download.


site update 19 May 2013

Helen's drawings also appear on the excellent new Romans Revealed website, exploring the lives of four different citizens of Roman Britain and their countries of origin. Archaeological detail, reconstructions, video clips of the scientists and stories by Caroline Lawrence make this a great resource for pupils studying the Romans in Britain.

Click here to visit Romans Revealed.



site update 27 April 2013

Minimus illustrator and website creator Helen Forte has been busy, illustrating Caroline Lawrence's latest series of Roman adventure stories the Roman Mystery Scrolls, written for the same age group as Minimus.


Click here to find out more about these books, or here for a look at Caroline's brilliant blog.




site update 26 April 2013


Catch Barbara at the Hexham Book Festival - either in Hexham or at Vindolanda! Click here for details.




site update 6 April 2013

Finally, a fix for the recalcitrant Dress Flavius page. I think it now behaves on Safari, Chrome and Firefox - click here to test it!. Now to fix the sentence generator...

Also, the link to Dress Minimus now works properly (Thanks, Form V, for spotting this one!)

And there's a new post on Helen's Minimus Blog

site update 24 February 2013

The Primary Latin Project has achieved charitable status! Read about it on Barbara's page here. If you would like to make a donation to support our work in bringing Minimus to children across the United Kingdom, please contact Barbara. Download a Gift Aid form here.


Photos from the summer performances of the Musical are now online here.

The winning entries in the Mythology Competition are online here.



site update 26 September 2012

site update 26 July 2012

Barbara, Jane Maguire and Caroline Lawrence were all flying the flag for Minimus at the Classics for All reception at Mansion House

Read all about the event and watch the video

site update 25 July 2012

There's a DVD available from the successful Monmouth and London run of 'Minimus the Musical'.

Click here to download an order form, and read Barbara's comments here. Photos from the musical here


site update 5 June 2012

There are more pictures on the Children's Work page; click here.

Teachers - we're always happy to see what your pupils are getting up to! Artwork and creative writing and models are all welcome, as are photographs of pupils (as long as you have parental permission). Contact Barbara or Helen.


Click here for instructions and information on making writing tablets.

site update 2 June 2012

Barbara Bell has her own blog!

This will replace her page as the place to find the latest news, and pictures from her various school visits. We hope you like the new look!

Minimus at Norwich Castle

site update 31 May 2012

There's a Minimus Day taking place at Norwich Castle Museum on 22nd June.

The aim of the day is to support the teaching of Minimus Latin course. The museum’s Roman collections are used to give a context for Minimus. Pupils will meet costumed characters, visit the Roman gallery and have fun with Latin using stories and plays.

The event is free to schools and there are some places left, so please contact Claire Dollman (details on the flyer) if you would like to book your school in to the event.

Enjoy a day at the museum! Download the flyer here

Wooden Horse from Minimus blog

site update 13 May 2012

Newsletter 47 is available for download; click here

There's a new poem on the Children's Work page, and a comic strip version of the Wooden Horse story on Helen's Minimus blog.


Vibrissa sings

site update10 April 2012


Coming to Monmouth & London in July 2012…. We are very excited to inform you that ‘Minimus the Musical' will be performed again in July 2012, in a joint production by the Year 7 girls and boys from Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls and Monmouth School. The musical will be performed in both Monmouth and London by the same cast, so we are one step closer to bringing Minimus to the West End!

Click here for details of dates and where to get tickets. Click here to download the ticket form.

site update 15 February 2012

New page of Children's Work here - please do submit your own if you like!

Join Minimus on Twitter!



site update 26 September 2011

Minimus in the news again! Read about the spread of Minimus in Norfolk, here and here.

Download Newsletter 44 here

site update 12th January 2011

Download Newsletter 43 here

site update 17th April

There's a new post on the Minimus blog, featuring Helen's Year 5's practising their legionary drill...

Please contact Helen if you would like our list of commands, or any more information.

site update 29th March


The première of ‘Minimus the Musical’ will be taking place at Clifton High School on Thursday 1 st July 2010.

For several months, Barbara has been working to write the lyrics for the musical, which like the books is based on a real family who lived at Vindolanda. Many of the characters in the books make an appearance in the stage version! She has worked closely with Bristol composer Christopher Northam, who has turned the lyrics in to a series of imaginative songs, full of beauty and wit.

There will be three performances to choose from; Thursday 1 st July; 2.30pm & 7.30pm and Friday 2 nd July at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 per adult and £5 for children and concessions.

If you live in the Bristol area and would like to come to see the musical, either on your own or to bring a school group, please contact Joanne Rosser at Clifton High School; Tel: 0117 973 0201 for a ticket application form.


site update 29th March

Barbara has been very busy meeting important people to taalk about Latin and Minimus. Read her news for more about her investiture at Windsor Castle, and her recent meeting with Boris Johnson

site update 9th March


The Minimus at the Museum Day in Chester has been cancelled.

We hope it can be rearranged at a later date.

site update 8th February

Minimus at the Museum Day (Chester) June 10th

A number of schools have shown interest in attending this event but firm bookings are not yet enough to make the day viable. If you need an extension on the deadline for booking and paying (28th Feb) please contact the organiser Pam Macklin at as soon as possible.


site update 14th January

There will be a “Minimus at the Museum Day” in 2010!

This time the venue is the Grosvenor Museum CHESTER.

June 10th is the date for your diary. Click here for more information

• Meet Barbara Bell (author) and Helen Forte (illustrator)
• Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries books, will
sign copies of her books.
• Hear and see how the Romans lived in Chester as you are
guided round the city by a centurion.

site update 25th October

New material on the Minimus blog - some comic strip 'medice! medice!' stories by Helen's Year 6 children . Click here to see them.

click here for the current Primary Latin Project newsletter

site update 25th October 2009

Details are out for the 2010 Mythology Competition. The topics are the Trojan Horse for pupils studying Minimus, and Romulus and Remus for those studying Minimus Secundus. Click here for details and entry forms.

Also, please note a change of date for the Bristol training course to 30th January.

site update 18th October 2009

Helen and her Year 4's have combined digital photography, a trip to the Iceni Village and ComicLife software to produce a graphic novel version of Boudicca's Revolt.

Click here to see all ten pages online, or here to download the comic as a PDF.

Also, please note the change of date for the Manchester training day to 20th March 2010

Site update 10th July 2009

Barbara is to receive an MBE for for services to local and National education.

The ceremony will be at Windsor Castle in November. Barbara - and Minimus - are very proud!

Read about it on Barbara's page here.

Site update 30th April 2009

Minimus is 10 years old, and has sold 100,000 copies!

Read about it on Barbara's page here: look at photos here!

Site update 21st April 2009

Hurry! There's still time to enter the Mythology Competition!

Site update 12th October 2008

Ruth Ann has added a little Latin story to the Homeschoolers' Page

Site update 28th September

euge! The second set of MiniBooks has rolled off the presses, and can be ordered by post or email from Minimus Et Cetera. There are ten more fully illustrated little readers by Barbara Bell & Helen Forte, based on Minimus Secundus. Each book has a glossary at the back. There is another original story about each of the family.

Buy now in time for Christmas!


Site update 28th September

Another question for Corinthus on the Homeschool page!

Site update 1st June

eheu! This year's MiniDorm is cancelled. We hope to see another in the future. Meanwhile, disappointed Minimus fans can look forward to the second set of MiniBooks...

Site update 11th May

The British Museum Day was a great success, with over 300 schoolchildren enjoying a day of activities and learning - click here for Barbara's report, and here for photos.

Site update 12th April

Introducing our new pages for Homeschoolers! Ruth Ann Besse is in charge of these, and she welcomes any feedback or questions from home schooling parents or teachers. Email her at

There will be a regular 'Ask Corinthus' column, where various grammar questions are explored. We know that there are a lot of homeschoolers using Minimus, and we hope that this page will be a useful additional resource.

Site update 5th April

Sign up now for this year's MiniDorm, at Bilton Grange on July 12th and 13th 2008. It will be a brilliant weekend of Minimus-themed activities for children aged between 9 and 12.

Information and application forms here.

Site update 23rd February 2007

Dr Forte's Pandora film is up on the Minimus blog, complete with subtitles (and a script plus translation). Have a look - it represents a huge amount of work for the children as well as for the scriptwriter/costume designer/camera woman/video editor!

Site update 20th September 2007

Book up now for the Minimus British Museum Day on April 26th 2008! The day costs £8, and is suitable for children in Year 4 and above. Themed activities include a look at the Vindolanda tablets. Download details here.

Barbara Bell now has her own page for news and information, which is here.

Site update 27th July 2007

Photos from this summer's highly successful MiniDorm residential weekend, held at Bilton Grange Prep School near Rugby. Thirty four children mostly aged between 9 and 11 enjoyed a range of Minimus-themed activities. Seven pages of photos here.

Site update 14th April 2007

Italian Minimus is out!

Minimus: Avviamento al latino has been published by Loescher. Find out more about the new book, visit the publisher's page, or read an article about it from the Times Educational Supplement

Site update 11th March 2007

Book now for the 2007 MINIDORM! This year, it's at Bilton Grange in Warwickshire, on July 14th and 15th. The last one was terrific fun, so if you are aged between 9 and 12, why not join us for a weekend of Minimus activities with other mouse-fans?

Click here for more details

The NEWCASTLE training day (April 21) is filling up - contact Jerry Paterson now if you would like to arrange an overnight stay and a visit to Vindolanda as part of the trip!

Site update 18th February 2007

Information on this year's Mythology Competition

Pictures and a report from Barbara's visit to the ACL conference

I think I have fixed the postcard page... I have put up a new MouseTrap, and some 'Roman Artefact' ideas on the Minimus Blog.

I hope we'll have some news on the Italian edition soon!

Site update 10th September 2006

Have a look at these wonderful mosaic panels, made by the pupils of a village primary school in Yorkshire.

Site update 27th July 2006

Having managed to plough through one tutorial, I got a little carried away with two more. resulting in two new games - a snap card game matching the family members, and a simple jigsaw of Roman Britain. I plan to make more jigsaw pictures (eventually...)

Site update 25th July 2006

After some days of fighting with impenetrable and arcane tutorials, I think I have managed to put together my first Minimus game. It's in Flash, so you may need to download the free player. There will be more when I work out how to do them...

There's more on the Minimus blog, including a site feed so you can find out when it's updated.

Site update 11th July 2006

I have finally posted the winning images from the first Minimus Mythology competition. Pupils chose between the Sirens and Medusa - the quality of work is amazing!

Site update 9th June 2006

We've added 3 packs of Minimus extras to our PayPal list, so now overseas buyers can get hold of pencils, stickers and other incentive products.

Another video on the weblog - A Quiet Day at the Surgery!

Site update 17th May 2006

I have started a Minimus weblog! I'm hoping to share some of my experiences and ideas, and perhaps read some comments. To start with - the video version of 'Auricoma'!

Site update 17th April 2006

I've completely revamped the Teachers' Resource area, and put up some new material including some exercises to download.

Site update 10th April 2006

We have finally set up a PayPal account, so our overseas Minimus readers can get hold of the MiniBooks. All you need to do is email us your order, and PayPal do the complicated bit. Go here for details.

We are working on a section for teachers to contribute lesson plans and ideas. If you would like to share your brilliance with a wider audience, contact either Barbara or Helen!

Site update 9th February 2006

CELEBREMUS - dress Minimus and Vibrisssa for a party!

Two exercises for pupils to practise their subject and object endings - these work in Internet Explorer but apparently not in Firefox (yet!)

These pages were made over New Year in St Andrews on my mini-laptop - thanks Steph!

Site update 27th December 2005

The MiniBooks have been flying around the country from Minimus Et Cetera's HQ in Bristol, and have no doubt appeared in various Christmas stockings.

We are thinking hard about how to make the MiniBooks available outside the UK. Watch out for updates.

Photos and report from Helen's MiniBook launch party here.

Minimus Minibooks

Site update 7th November 2005

The MiniBooks are here! Ten little books, one about each different character in the Minimus family. Perfect presents for the young Latin enthusiast!

The books are only available from Minimus Et Cetera, 82 Swiss Drive, Ashton, Bristol BS32RW. Email either Barbara or Helen for more information or download an order form.

Site update 25 July 2005

Minidorm photos (six pages of them!) and reports.

Most of the support sheets are now available as PDF files to download - plays, songs and lots of tips from Minimus teachers.

Latin song page

Look out for news of the Mythology Competition coming soon!

Site update 15 July 2005

Minimus in Philadelphia - report on the work of two public schools with Latin

Fingerpuppet pattern designed by Helen Forte (photo shows the prototype!)

Download the latest Mousetrap here (it will appear on the site soon).

The Times published an article on Minimus on 18th June 2005, titled 'in omnia paratus'. Type 'minimus' into their search index.

This weekend sees the MINIDORM sleepover weekend at Wells Cathedral School - pictures and story soon!

Site update 1st January 2005

Inset training page

A couple of new links

and POSTCARDS! Send a Minimus e-card (12 different designs).

And there are some new things to buy at the Minimus Cafepress Shop

Site update 7th August 2004

update to training days and support sheet list.

update to min etc order form and min book prices

york day photos

pupil gallery - send pics

garden game practising prepositions from min1 chapter thing

Site update 21st April 2004.

Photos from the Minimus Secundus launch party, and publicity about the York Minimus Day in June, which should be a wonderful day for schools!

Site update 18th January 2004. I've finally added a page of photos from the British Museum day.

There are two new animations - made by year 6 pupils and featuring Minimus as action hero!

There's a Bingo Game to download, made by a teacher in the US.


Site update 20th February 2004

Minimus Secundus comes out on Monday!

Review article from Zee Ann Poerio, another US teacher.

Pam Macklin's Mousetrap magazine makes its first online appearance.

The Minimus Cafe Press shop opens to the public!

Details of the York Minimus Day in June - a follow up the wonderful British Museum event last year.

Minimus website created and maintained by Helen Forte, illustrator of the Minimus books.