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The Roman Town House Project

News in September 2020

In spite of some terrible weather at the end of August, landscaping work around the Roman Town House is going well. Work is now under way to complete new paths and resurface the existing pathways around the site. When this is complete the site will re-open to the public - if all goes well, this will be by the end of September. 

Flooding

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. 

Landscaping - performance area

Construction of a new staging area for events and school visits began on 1 September. Archaeologists from Context One Heritage Services monitored soil removal. This confirmed what we already suspected - that no archaeological remains were left in this part of the site after excavations in the 1930s.  

Interpretation of the site

Work on new information boards will begin later this month. We are creating a clear concept and journey around the site to ensure that a visit to the RomanTown House is informative and interesting. 

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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