The Novium Museum’s Learning & Community Engagement Officer, Amanda, tells us about what to expect on a guided walk around the city:
When walking around Chichester, it is easy to miss to the amazing history and archaeology that surrounds you and the wonderful discoveries that have been made over the years throughout the city.
The Novium Museum regularly runs walks with school groups and the community that aim to highlight these sites and discoveries to ensure that the stories of Roman Chichester continue to be told. Our Roman City Walks start at the Novium Museum, the district museum that houses a fascinating collection of Roman artefacts and outlines the development and decline of ‘Noviomagus Reginorum’ during Roman times.
From the museum, visitors are led on a guided walk through the history of Roman Chichester. Starting at what is believed to be the site of the ‘Forum’ (or Market Place) which would once have been the bustling centre of this great town, we explore the reasons that the Romans first landed in this area and the impact they had on the people already living in this area.
The walk continues through modern day Chichester examining the streets, buildings and city walls to discover what life in Roman Chichester would have been like. From the grand temple dedicated to the Gods, the public and private bathhouses throughout the city and the building of the famous city walls – the Chichester that we know and love has many features put in place by the Romans close to 2000 years ago.
You can join The Novium’s family-friendly Roman City Walk on Saturday 7th September at 11am as part of Chichester Walking Weekend.