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Discover Roman Alcester

Roman Alcester is the exciting  free-of-charge exhibition
interpreting and displaying objects from Alcester's Roman past and providing an information and learning resource on the Roman period.

Alcester is one of the most investigated Roman small towns in the country, with over 100 archaeological digs in the last 80 years. Recent excavations have revealed much about the area of the Roman town which would have been outside the boundary wall built in the 3rd century AD.
Come to Roman Alcester and find out what life was like there in Roman times between the 1st and 4th centuries AD.
 








Admission to Roman Alcester
is free!
 Roman Alcester is at Globe HousePriory Road, 
Alcester, B49 5DZ
 
 Opening Times
Mon: 09.30-1730
Tues: Closed
Wed-Fri: 09.30-1730
Sat: 10.00-16.00
Sun - Closed*  
Bank Holidays: see Events page for special events but normally closed.

* The Museum will be open throughout Heritage Open Weekend which is Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th September; see Events page for further details.


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The museum is fully accessible and has two disabled parking spaces.

Registered Charity number: 1089131
 





 
inside museum
 The markets area of the museum where children can play 
Roman games and puzzles as well as dressing up.   

Teachers - bring your class on a rewarding school visit

Roman Alcester offers hands-on visits linked to the National Curriculum Key Stage 2. Other age groups can be accommodated by special arrangement.

Children can make use of all the museum's facilities to bring Roman Britain alive.
They can handle pottery and other artefacts and during the afternoon dress in Roman armour for a photo opportunity.

Run by retired primary school teachers the  visits have become an increasingly popular part of the museum's activities.
NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR AUTUMN TERM 2018 (BUT BE QUICK AS THERE ARE NOW ONLY A FEW DAYS AVAILABLE)

Contact: barbaraswinn2007@btinternet.com

 Craft sessions for your kids 
The museum holds regular Make and Take craft sessions for
children. So bring the kids along to spend the afternoon making something Roman to take home.


        Volunteers wanted!
We need volunteers of all ages to help with the running of the museum. Your skills and enthusiasm are needed, so if  you would like to help then please contact us.

Roman Alcester is a partnership between the volunteer led Alcester Heritage Trust and Warwickshire County Council, and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The museum receives no regular funding and your donations help to fund our work and our education programme. 

MAP OF ROMAN ALCESTER





Latest news!

Have you found something from Roman times?
Between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 8th September, as part of Heritage Open Weekend, there will be the opportunity for you to bring to the Museum any items you may have found and believe date from Roman times. Sara Wear (Warwickshire Museums) will give you an expert opinion on your find and you may be in for a pleasant surprise - see the story of the find of the mortarium below.

See the Events page for other exciting news.

Museum appoints new Chairperson and Secretary

(Left to right) Susan Juned, Laurence Thatcher and Graeme Hewitt at the handover ceremony.  

Susan Juned has been appointed chairperson of the trustees of the Alcester Heritage Trust replacing Laurence Thatcher who has retired after 10 years in the job. At the same time Graeme Hewitt has replaced Trevor Wraight as secretary. The trust runs Alcester's popular Roman museum.

At the handover ceremony Laurence said, “It has been a privilege to be chairman of the Roman Museum for the last ten years. I have met lots of lovely people and enjoyed the challenges involved in running an entirely voluntary organisation. It has definitely been a learning experience which I would not have missed for the world! However, it is time to move on since the museum  needs a new vision and I am sure that Susan will provide exactly that. I am remaining as a Trustee and as a volunteer so will be still be part of the Roman Museum”.

Susan Juned added, “I am looking forward to taking on the task of chairing the Alcester Heritage Trust. Carrying on the work after the outstanding contributions made by Laurence Thatcher and Trevor Wraight will be a big challenge. Alcester’s Roman Museum remains successful as a result of their work”.


'Bowled' over by this fabulous find
Alcester resident Ray Taylor made a fabulous discovery in his back garden in Roman Way: an1800-year-old mortarium, a type of ceramic bowl used for grinding and serving herbs and spices. The mortarium is being researched by Sara Wear, Curator of Human History at Warwickshire County Council who believes it may have been made in Mancetter (near Atherstone, Warwickshire) or Oxfordshire. It is almost complete: only a small section of the rim is missing. Sara says it is rare to find such a complete item. An article about the find appeared in the Daily Mail. Mr Taylor has generously donated the mortarium to the museum and he and Sara Wear are shown below handing it over to the museum for display.

YouTube Video - the Roman rap