Countdown to opening of Roman museum in West Sussex

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FINAL preparations are being made for the grand opening of a new museum.

The Novium, in Tower Street, Chichester will open its doors to the public on Sunday, July 8.

It will contain about 150,000 artefacts, both on display and in its store.

The final items were transferred last week from the former Chichester District Museum in Little London.

The Novium has been built to showcase Roman bath house remains. Exhibits include the Chilgrove Mosaic and the Jupiter Stone, a portion of Roman sculpture base which dates from between the late first and early third century AD.

The Novium building was designed by the award-winning Keith Williams Architects, whose projects include the Wexford Opera House in Ireland and the Unicorn Theatre in London.

Councillor Myles Cullen, who is in charge of tourism in Chichester, said: ‘Museum staff are working incredibly hard to make sure everything is in place for the opening day.’