By Kelly Wickham
The Novium Museum has been awarded a grant of £10,500 from Arts Council England to help make this year’s Chichester Roman Week the biggest and best yet.
Thanks to this funding, the week-long event will incorporate more theatre and arts, promising a more exciting and dynamic programme than ever before.
Chichester Roman Week takes place every May half-term and celebrates Chichester’s rich Roman heritage with a series of district-wide events designed to engage visitors of all ages. This year’s event will run from Saturday, May 23 to Saturday, May 30.
The funding support from Arts Council England means that the Roman Re-Enactment, which has established itself as Chichester Roman Week’s popular headline event, will return to Priory Park for a third year.
For the first time, the re-enactment will take place across two days, May 24-25, and will feature a ‘Roman Takeover’ as the re-enactors take to the streets of Chichester city centre on bank holiday Monday.
The interactive event will remain free to attend, with donations welcome.
Cllr Roy Briscoe, cabinet member for community services at Chichester District Council, said: “Chichester Roman Week continues to grow in popularity, with more visitors attending and more venues participating each year.
“This is the second year running that the museum has received funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
“Their continued support is a brilliant reflection on the success of our annual event, and means that this year’s Roman Week will benefit more people than ever before.”
New to the programme this year will be a pop up theatre performance by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, who will perform an immersive Roman battle staged to music in Chichester city centre.
This year, residents and visitors can also enjoy a ‘Scratch Night’ held in The Guildhall, Priory Park, where local thespians will have the opportunity to perform an array of original work with a Roman theme.
Other events taking place throughout the week include workshops, talks, tours, craft activities, film screenings and theatrical performances.
A full programme of events is available on The Novium Museum’s website: thenovium.org/romanweek