Thousands flock to Chichester’s new museum

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MORE than 12,000 people have visited a museum which explores the history of Chichester in just two months.

The multi-million pound Novium, in Tower Street, Chichester, opened in July, and has as its centrepiece the remains of the city’s Roman bath house.

Museum manager Tracey Clark said: ‘This is fantastic news.

‘The visitor numbers are testament to all the hard work that went on prior to opening. We look forward to welcoming thousands more visitors over the coming months.’

The museum service has about 150,000 artefacts both on display and in store. Among the exhibits are the Chilgrove Mosaic and the Jupiter Stone, a portion of Roman sculpture base dated between the late first and early third century AD.

Events coming up include a family event – Chichester in 100 objects, on September 30. And the Big Draw Sketch Club takes place over the first three weeks in October.

Novium is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Admission is £7 for adults and £6 for children and concessions. A family ticket is £16.50. Call 01243 775888 or visit thenovium.org.