Chichester museum celebrates hitting first birthday

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ROMANS, Normans, Georgians and First World War soldiers helped a museum celebrate its first birthday yesterday.

Staff at The Novium in Chichester dressed in costumes from different periods of history and took to the streets to hand out balloons.

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

The museum has already won several national awards, including a Civic Trust Award which recognises excellent new build projects within a conservation area.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, who oversees leisure at Chichester District Council, said: ‘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.’

The museum service has about 500,000 artefacts.

For more information, go to thenovium.org