Murder mystery evening planned at Fishbourne Roman Palace

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Fishbourne Roman Palace is to stage a murder mystery evening as part of the Museums at Night Festival.

Participants in the event on Thursday May 14 will be asked to solve a mystery set in 1968, when a body is discovered amongst the newly-excavated remains.

But this is not an ancient burial, murder has come to the palace, and just as it is being prepared for its official opening. The culprit must be found, and quickly.

The body is found on the Cupid on a Dolphin mosaic and is identified as a Peggy Flanders-Pottery, former organiser of the excavations and the current director of the museum. An archaeologist’s trowel has been identified as the murder weapon…

Participants will be invited to visit the crime scene, explore the Palace for clues and solve the murder.

During the evening potential detectives can investigate the crime, drawing on information, evidence and statements from different characters around the Palace and grounds.

Senior museum sssistant Sheila Marsden said: ‘Whether you’re an elite forensic evidence investigator or an amateur sleuth, this should prove to be a very enjoyable evening”.

Tickets are £10 per person and must be booked in advance. Ring 01243 785859 or email

Fishbourne Roman Palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors of all ages a unique chance to look back in time. Uncovered in 1960, the north wing of this remarkable building remains an important visitor attraction and archaeological site for anyone interested in learning more about Roman art and architecture.

Join Sussex Past or the Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace to receive free admission to the site and all special events. The palace is accessible with ramps. Assistance dogs welcome.