Thanks to this generous funding, the week-long event will incorporate more theatre and arts, promising a more exciting and dynamic programme than ever before. 

Chichester Roman Week takes place every May half term and celebrates Chichester's rich Roman heritage with a series of district-wide events designed to engage visitors of all ages. This year's event will run from Saturday 23 May to Saturday 30 May.

The  funding support from Arts Council England means that the Roman Re-Enactment, which has established itself as Chichester Roman Week's  popular headline event, will return to Priory Park for a third year. For the first time, the re-enactment will take place across two days, Sunday 24 May and Monday 25 May, and will feature a 'Roman Takeover' as the re-enactors take to the streets of Chichester City Centre on bank holiday Monday. This interactive and immersive event will remain free to attend, with donations welcome.

Councillor Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council, says: "Chichester Roman Week continues to grow in popularity, with more visitors attending and more venues participating each year.

"This is the second year running that the museum has received funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Their continued support is a brilliant reflection on the success of our annual event, and means that this year's Roman Week will benefit more people than ever before."

The grant will enable Chichester Roman Week 2020 to reach new audiences with the help of artists Splodge Designs, who will be working with teenage groups on a creative story cube project. This will involve creating tactile textile cubes inspired by Roman Chichester, including themes such as: location, characters, and daily life. The cubes will be adopted into the museum's learning programme where they will help educate and engage school and family groups. 

Also new to the programme this year will be an exciting pop up theatre performance by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, who will perform an immersive Roman battle staged to music in Chichester city centre. This year, residents and visitors can also enjoy a 'Scratch Night' held in The Guildhall, Priory Park, where local thespians will have the opportunity to perform an array of original work with a Roman theme.

Other events taking place throughout the week include workshops, talks, tours, craft activities, film screenings and theatrical performances.

A full programme of events is available on The Novium Museum's website .

Date of release: 2 March 2020

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