Ancient artefacts on show in Chichester

HISTORIC The Chilgrove Mosaic, which dates back to the fourth century, is installed at the Novium
HISTORIC The Chilgrove Mosaic, which dates back to the fourth century, is installed at the Novium
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THE first precious objects are being moved into a new museum showcasing Chichester’s rich Roman history.

Novium, in Little London, will open in July after the city’s collections have been transferred.

This week saw the installation of the large Chilgrove Mosaic. It dates back to the fourth century and was discovered at Chilgrove Roman villa.

Due to its size, weight and construction this was no easy task, especially as one section alone weighs half a ton and there are four sections in total.

The remains of Chichester’s Roman bath house have been uncovered for the public to see for the first time and will dominate the ground floor.

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