The week was packed full of exciting events, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

"We have worked really hard to make Roman Week 2019 the best yet," says Councillor Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council. "This year, more than 35 events and activities have been organised by a wide range of organisations for all ages in Chichester and beyond."

Events included a spectacular Roman re-enactment in Priory Park featuring military and gladiator shows, giving visitors the chance to experience Roman life in action.

Another key highlight of the week was the archaeological dig which took place throughout the week in Priory Park. Chichester District Council's own archaeologist, James Kenny, along with volunteers from the Chichester and District Archaeology Society attempted to build on the discoveries made last year of the well preserved Roman bath-house, and to find a connection between the bath-house and the property that it once served.

"Over 2,000 people visited Priory Park to experience the Roman re-enactment and to watch archaeologists uncover the Roman secrets in the park," says Cllr Roy Briscoe. "During the day we spoke to people who had visited from London and beyond specifically to attend Roman Week.

"It was great to see so many families also taking the opportunity to picnic in the park and make the most of spending the day in the city. Chichester is renowned for its Roman history and we are very proud that Roman Week has become a much loved celebration in our annual calendar. I'm very proud of the hard work and commitment of the team in delivering such a successful event."

Other events that took place during this year's Roman Week included talks, walks, guided tours, family activities and workshops. Visitors also took the opportunity to immerse themselves in Roman heritage at The Novium Museum's blockbuster exhibition, Hollywood Rome: Reel Life in the Ancient World. This visually stunning exhibition will remain open until 8 September and features costumes, props and posters from big name modern Roman epics, such as Gladiator, Centurion, and Ben Hur.

Other local attractions and heritage sites including: Bignor Roman Villa, Chichester Library, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester Harbour Conservancy and Butser Ancient Farm also held Roman-themed events throughout the week.

People can find out more on The Novium Museum's website , or by visiting the museum in Tower Street, Chichester.

Date of release: 4 June 2019

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