Victor explains how to make a flag for Turma!

Victor, flags, standards and dracos

Roman flags, standards and dracos were symbols of honour and a way of identifying cavalry units. Both teams competing at Turma! Hadrian's Cavalry Charge in Carlisle on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July in Bitts Park will have their own flag or standard and they would like you to make a flag, standard or draco to bring with you and show your support.

So... red or blue? Which team is for you? If your flag, standard or draco is blue, you will be with the blue team; but if you make a red one, you'll be amongst the crowd of supporters cheering on the red team.

Use fabric, card, paints crayons, glue or whatever you have to make your own creation. This “how to” guide will help you get started, but use your imagination, have a look online for pictures of Roman flags, standards and dracos, then bring your ideas to life!

Flags and standards

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flags and standards
flags and standards


Most flags and standards had an animal or figure in the middle. These were usually gold on red or blue.


If you’re feeling adventurous, why not make a draco?

A draco is a dragon’s head mounted on a post with colourful fabric trailing behind. It would have been carried by one of the horsemen in the Roman cavalry.

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Draco instructions


Make sure you bring your creations with you on the day of the event and support your team!

Photograph credit: eltpics

The main funder of Hadrian's Cavalry is the Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund.

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