Latest news on our activity
Dorset County Council is developing a grant application to make improvements at the Roman Town House, to transform the grounds in which it sits and to improve directions and access to the site.
Thank you to everyone who filled in our questionnaire. You gave us some good ideas, and it is great to know what you like and don't like about the Roman Town House and its setting, and what you feel would improve your experience of visiting the site.
Your views are helping to shape our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and, if the bid is successful, make significant improvements to this important monument and local attraction. We're still digesting the results of the questionnaire, but will make a summary available here in due course.
Looking for volunteers
We are looking for people to help with monitoring the condition of the site and basic maintenance, and to help us interpret and present the Roman Town House to visitors.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch the the form below.
Conservation of the mosaics
Some of you may have seen specialist conservators Sue and Lawrence Kellandon site last month, inspecting and, where necessary, repairing the mosaic floors and giving them a good clean. We have changed the timing of the cleaning from Autumn to Spring, which means that the mosaics stay cleaner for longer and are looking their best in the summer months when most visitors come to the site.
The pictures below show:
- after effects of the storm during the night of 10-11 November 2014 when some of the mosaics were submerged and covered with silty debris
- test pits being dug in December 2014 to confirm confirm the depth of archaeological levels, ahead of work to improve drainage around County Hall
- specialist conservators Kell and Conservation making one of their regular visits to check and clean the mosaic floors and do minor repairs
- newly-repaired and resurfaced paths, November 2015
- improved signage around the site, January 2016
- removing loose torching from underneath the roof tiles, July 2016
- poppies planted to commemorate World War One