First garden in Britain gets a new Roman look

FASCINATING One of the famous mosaics at Fishbourne
FASCINATING One of the famous mosaics at Fishbourne
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IT is thought to be the first garden in Britain.

So it will be a big day for Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester, when it unveils its new, revamped Roman Garden Museum.

The garden has been updated to include new displays, information panels and hands-on activities for families to enjoy.

The official unveiling will be on Tuesday, March 26, from 2.30pm to 4pm.

Friends of the Palace, trustees of Sussex Archaeological Society and representatives from Waitrose have been invited to attend.

The CEO of the Sussex Archaeological Society will say a few words before cutting the ribbon to declare the refurbished museum display open.

Katrina Burton, head of learning at the museum, said: ‘We are particularly grateful to the Friends and to Waitrose for giving us the opportunity to make so much more of the Garden Museum.

‘The garden at Fishbourne is thought to be the first in Britain – so it’s fantastic that we are able to tell that story in an interesting way that will be enjoyed by all our visitors.’

Fishbourne Roman Palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors a chance to look back in time.

Uncovered in 1960, it contains more than 20 mosaic floors – one of the largest collections in Britain.