Youngsters can learn about the Romans and develop archaeology skills in a new club at Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester.
It comes after the success of the palace’s Have A Go At Archaeology project over the summer and gives children and young adults aged eight to 14 years the chance to extend their interest in the past and find out more about archaeology through a range of hands-on activities.
It’s called Togi’s Team, named after the person thought to have owned Fishbourne Roman Palace at its height.
Tiberius Claudius Togidubnus (Togi) was a Celtic chieftain who adopted a very lavish Roman lifestyle and Togi’s Team members can uncover more about him and his way of life.
They can see behind the scenes, meet experts and handle original artefacts from the site. There will also be opportunities to try out different archaeological skills and to create replica items using traditional techniques.
Togi’s Team is being launched today in the Collections Discovery Centre at Fishbourne Roman Palace, from 11am to 3pm. Here, visitors will be able to find out more about the Team and how to join the Lottery-funded club.
The palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors a unique chance to go back in time.
It was discovered in 1960, when a digger driver working in Fishbourne village uncovered a massive wall foundation. And it contains more than 20 mosaic floors – the largest collection in Britain, including the famous ‘Cupid on a Dolphin’.
The remains of the building’s north wing were so spectacular that a protective building was erected over them and the site was opened to the public in 1968.
The Museum Gallery displays a wide range of Roman objects found during excavations of the site, including an onyx cameo and a sculpted marble head which is believed to be Emperor Nero.
Visitors can enjoy an audio-visual presentation with computer-generated images, showing how the site may have looked 2,000 years ago.
It’s open every day from 10am to 5pm and admission costs £8.50 for adults, £4.30 for children, £7.50 concessions, or £22 for a family of two plus two or one plus four.
For more information, call 01243 785859 or see sussexpast.co.uk/fishbourne.