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The Roman Town House Project

News in October 2020

Landscaping work around the Roman Town House is going well, though delayed a little by recent bad weather. Work continues on the new access to the site and on 5 October construction of the framework for a new seating area began, supervised by Claire Nuttall. When this is complete the site will re-open to the public - if all goes well, this will be mid to late October.

Interpretation of the site

We are creating a clear concept and journey around the site to ensure that a visit to the Roman Town House is informative and interesting. Specialist designers Smith and Jonesare providing the new interpretation. In early October Chris from Smith and Jones brought along some draft illustrations which were applied to the windows of the cover building for the project team to consider. 


On the afternoon of Thursday 27 August there was a very heavy thunderstorm in Dorchester. Although the drainage system around the Roman Town House was improved a few years ago it was unable to cope with the exceptional amount of rainwater and for a short time a 'river' ran down to the site. The drainage system soon recovered and most of the water was gone by the next morning, leaving a layer of silt on the mosaic in the corridor and some other rooms. Other works are due to take place inside the cover building, and we will wait until this work is finished before having everything properly cleaned. 

Volunteering at the Roman Town House

We are looking for people to volunteer from 2021 onwards when the Roman Town House will be fully open. We'd like you to help us:

  • interpret the site for visitors;
  • do basic maintenance and cleaning inside the house;
  • monitor the condition of this special site, and
  • guide visitors inside the building

Contact Bridget Betts to find out about volunteering:

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