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History comes alive as The Novium celebrates its first birthday

Introduction

Romans, Normans, Georgians and First World War soldiers will help The Novium celebrate its first birthday on Monday 8 July.


Museum staff dressed in costumes from different periods of history will greet visitors and take to the streets of Chichester city centre to hand out balloons.

Roman soldiers

The first 20 visitors to The Novium on Monday will receive a free goody bag.

Look out for more fantastic giveaways on The Novium's social media sites including the chance to win two annual family passes and discounts off admission.

Since last July, museum staff have been busy welcoming lots of visitors keen to find out about the history of the district.

The museum has also won a number of national awards. They include a Civic Trust Award which recognises exemplar new build projects within a conservation area; and the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) award, which recognises the museum's work with the community. The building was also shortlisted for a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, Chichester District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Wellbeing and Community Services, says: "The museum has already inspired children from primary school age to university students through its learning programme. A recent example of this is the artwork on display by University of Chichester fine art course students.

"The district has a rich history and we are pleased the museum is able to showcase so many objects. What also makes the museum so special is that it balances the contemporary and the historic and this has been demonstrated the variety of awards that the museum has won.

"The Novium plays a key role in helping to attract tourists to the whole of the area through its Tourist Information Centre, which is located in the museum. We are hoping that the museum will continue to grow as a key attraction and tell the district's story for years to come."

Visitors can explore the story of the district over the past 500,000 years. The remains of Chichester's Roman bath house dominate the ground floor. These have been uncovered for the public to see for the first time.

The museum service has about 500,000 artefacts, both on display, and in store. Among the many other fascinating exhibits include the Chilgrove Mosaic and the Jupiter Stone, a portion of Roman sculpture base dated between the late first and early third century AD.

There are also events and activities for the whole family throughout the year and tourist information facilities on site.

The Novium contains a shop with a wide range of local and unique gifts, souvenirs, books, and the city's Tourist Information Centre.

The Novium, in Tower Street in Chichester, is open:

  • Summer: Monday to Saturday 10am- 5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm; and,
  • Winter: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Admission fee applies. Access to Chichester Tourist Information Centre is free.

Date: 03 July 2013

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