Visit Fishbourne Roman Palace for a day of storytelling and ancient music, as a very special and unusual way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
On Monday, 4th June from 10am – 5pm, Roman musicians will recreate the sounds of ancient instruments and music, as they may once have echoed through the luxurious halls of the Roman Palace. In the gardens, professional storyteller, the Yarnsmith, will recount ancient tales of gods and heroes – legends which were well loved throughout the ages.
Alongside, there will be a variety of hands-on activities, including making your own instrument to join in with the music and making masks of some of the characters featured in the stories told in ancient times. The cost of the activities is included in the usual admission charge.
Event Coordinator Antony Muzzall said, “This event is especially suitable for families and will be an opportunity to step back in time and let your imagination run wild. All year round, we can show our visitors the visual clues we have about life here at the Palace 2,000 years ago. For just one day, we also want to bring back some of the ancient sounds, which our Roman residents would have enjoyed, while living the life of luxury.”
The mosaics at Fishbourne Roman Palace feature many mythical creatures and characters including Medusa the Gorgan, whose legendary gaze could turn mortals to stone. Fishbourne’s most famous mosaic includes a dolphin which legend suggests carried the spirits of the dead across the seas to the blessed isles.
Fishbourne Roman Palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors of all ages a unique chance to look back in time. Uncovered in 1960, the north wing of this remarkable building remains an important visitor attraction and archaeological site for anyone interested in learning more about Roman art and architecture.
Published 21st May 2012
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