The Novium, Chichester's new museum opens to the public for the first time on Sunday 08 July 2012.
Built to show the remains of a Roman bath house, which are now uncovered for visitors to see for the first time, The Novium is located on Tower Street in the centre of Chichester.
The remains of the Roman baths fill much of the ground floor gallery, with an audio visual film showing how they were built and used in Roman times. Glass cases around the baths show a collection of objects found at the site.
The museum is also home to the Chilgrove Mosaic, which dates back to the fourth century. It was discovered at Chilgrove Roman Villa and has been mved to The Novium from Fishbourne Roman Palace, where it was previously displayed.
Another key exhibit is the Jupiter Stone, a portion of Roman sculpture base, which has been dated from anywhere between the late first and early third century AD. It was dedicated to the Roman god Jupiter and was found during excavations at West Street in 1934.
The Novium contains about 150,000 artefacts, both on display and in its store. The curiosities case includes an undersea hedgehog and a prehistoric elephant tusk that was pulled up in a lobster pot in Selsey. Many of these items have never been on display before.Fr instance singer Robbie Williams once donated some old postcards to the museum when he lived in the district.
The building has been designed by the award winning Keith Williams Architects, whose projects include the Wexford Opera House in Ireland and The Unicorn Theatre in London.
Published 4th June 2012
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