Roman Villas come under the spotlight in Chichester

By Culture24 Staff | 08 April 2009
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roman mosaic showing two Gladiators

Mosaics at Bignor Roman Villa

The Roman archaeological heritage of the south east comes under the spotlight in a talk in Chichester on Friday April 17 2009 at Westgate Leisure, Chichester.

John Smith, curator of Bignor Roman Villa, will highlight the similarities and differences between two of Britain’s most well-known Roman Villas and one whose history has been lost in the mists of time.

Organised by Chichester District Museum, the talk will focus on Bignor, Rockbourne and the mysterious Minchington Villas, each of which has a fascinating if somewhat mysterious tale to tell.

Roman mosaic showing a Roman woman

Mosaics at Bignor

Bignor Roman Villa is home to spectacular mosaic flooring and the remains of a Roman home with outlying farm buildings. The latest phase of building involved additions to the north wing, and it is here that most of the fine mosaics are located. The later history of the villa is not well known, but it appears to have gradually declined in status.

Rockbourne Roman Villa is a Roman courtyard villa excavated and put on public display in the village of Rockbourne, Hampshire. The main structure was a large residence surrounding a courtyard, including luxurious Roman mosaics and bathing suites.

Minchington Roman Villa in Dorset was last excavated in 2003 by Channel 4’s Time Team and remains a mystery to this day.

The talk will start at 7pm in the Ravenna Function Suite (opposite Café Ravenna on the ground floor). Tickets are available from the Museum priced at £4 (adults) and £3 (concessions).

For more details or tickets call 01243 784683 or email

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