Segontium Fort Museum faces closure as five-year funding ends

By Culture24 Staff | 05 November 2009
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A screenshot from the Segontium Roman Museum website showing Roman pottery

A museum at one of the best-preserved Roman forts in the world is threatened following cuts in funding.

Since 2003, the Segontium Roman Fort in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, has been run by a trust of local people using a five-year funding deal from National Museum Wales.

As winter approaches, the Segontium Cyf trust is preparing to close for the season. However, they now fear that without funding for the future the museum could close permanently.

Chairman of the Segontium trust Rhys Prytherch says that the museum may have to close in just a couple of weeks time if new backing cannot be secured.

The museum was opened in 1924 after renowned British archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler excavated the site, which dates back to 70AD.

The Roman garrison was capable of holding around 1,000 troops. Its excellent vantage point, overlooking the Menai Strait with views of Anglesey and approaches from the Irish Sea, meant that it remained an administrative centre for the next 300 years.

The Welsh Assembly government are hopeful that a solution can be found to keep the centre open.

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