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All Roads Lead to Durnovaria - Uncovering our Roman history before your very eyes

DISCOVERY: Section of Roman Road excavated at the site behind the Museum

This Summer, Dorset County Museum is pleased to welcome visitors to its own LIVE, onsite archaeological dig within the museums ancient grounds. Lost and forgotten for centuries, the ancient Roman road that lies beneath the museum is finally being uncovered and YOU are ALL invited to witness this unique event.

To celebrate this and to announce the opening of its new All Roads Lead to Durnovaria exhibition (23rd July- 30th September) the Museum will be unveiling its new open-air viewing platform on Monday 23rd July, providing visitors with a prime vantage point from which to oversee the archaeologists as they search for hidden Roman gems. 

This important dig marks the beginning of the ‘Tomorrows Museum for Dorset’ redevelopment plans which with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery fund and the local community will culminate in 2020 with the opening of a brand-new fit of purpose museum designed for the 21st century. 

How to Get Involved

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm to 1pm there will be the opportunity to come to the museum and meet our on-site Archaeologists from Context One Archaeological Services Ltd. This will include a brief talk by one of the team about the excavation site itself, what has been done and found so far, and what the future archaeological plans are for the site. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss any questions surrounding the dig or any Roman artefacts that have been discovered so far.

Archaeological volunteers will be undertaking pot washing and cataloguing archaeological finds as they are discovered, and these new treasures will be added to the ever-growing list of Roman artefacts that are found in the museums existing collection.

Family Fun Days

Family events will be taking place throughout the museum on Saturdays and Sundays with special emphasis placed on encouraging children to make their own discoveries with mosaic rubbing and drawing classes. The chance to create and colour in your own Roman helmet will be available, as well as photo opportunities with our Roman soldier ‘face in the hole’ board cut outs. Once kitted out in Roman helmets why not try your hand at a Roman trail around Dorset County Museum’s galleries

On the 23 July, there will be also an opportunity throughout the day in the Victorian Hall to see rehearsals of the Museum Makers performance of BITS AND PIECES- A ROMAN MOSAIC.

Published by Dorset County Museum Monday 16th July 2018

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