Students give ancient objects a polish at Fishbourne Roman Palace

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AFTER almost 2,000 years gathering dust, Roman artefacts could do with a polish.

That’s why students will be helping to clean more than 1,000 Roman objects at Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester.

A group of metal conservation students from West Dean College, near Chichester, are this week helping to give the palace’s 22 cabinets a spring clean.

As well as cleaning the artefacts, they will be labelling them and making sure the temperature and humidity levels are correct to help preserve the antiquities.

Student Natalie Mitchell said: ‘This is an excellent chance for students to work in a professional environment, alongside other experts in the field.

‘Fishbourne has an outstanding collection of objects which we shall be very privileged to work on.’

Dr Rob Symmons, museum curator, said, ‘This is a great example of organisations working together for mutual benefit.

‘Visitors will also be able to see the conservation work.’