World Museum Tour- The Novium-Chichester.

The Novium Museum is somewhere I found by accident whilst trying to find the library. It lies opposite and at half past three with rain all over my glasses in I went.

The Novium is in the city of Chichester and its name comes from  "Noviomagus Reginorum" which is the Roman name for the Chichester.

Some information;

'The museum, designed by the architect Keith Williams following an architectural design competition managed by RIBA Competitions, has an area of 1,300 sq m which is approximately 2.4 times the size of the previous museum in Little London. The building is divided into three floors each of which will contain a gallery for exhibition. It contains a research and learning room as well as a collection store for the social history collection. The museum is built directly over the top of the Chichester's Roman Bath House complex which are displayed in the ground floor gallery.

The museum has over 350,000 objects of geological, archaeological and social historic interest. The social history and geological collections is made up of some 50,000 objects which are housed within the new building, whilst the archaeological collection is contained in a purpose built store within the Discovery Centre located at Fishbourne Roman Palace.'

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The part about the Shippams excavation was very interesting, more so as I didn't realise Shippams spreads were made in Chichester and this then made me desperate for a salmon paste butty.

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There is a PDF HERE from Sussex Past from 2006 which details the Shippams dig site archaeology.

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The Bosham head. I like him as his description says the word colossal and this isn't a word I feel is used enough. I had fish and chips in a pub in Bosham once.

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I like the Bosham head and I liked how you can still make it out and how big it is. It dates from around 122 AD which is really old. There is some more information HERE and a good piece HERE from the BBC website explaining how Bournemouth University archaeologists used 3D scanners on the head to examine it further. Some experts have said that it could be the head of the Roman Emperor Trajan. I guess we won't ever fully know, but it is a very good head all the same.

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The Jupiter Stone. I also liked this very much and yes you do feel like having a small sit down upon it but you must not. Here is some information from Chichester web,

'Painstakingly conserved and rebuilt to take a prime position in the museum. It is a portion of a Roman sculpture base dated between the late first and early third century AD, which was dedicated to the God Jupiter. It was found during excavations in West Street, Chichester, in 1934'

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The Roman Bath house. This was discovered during archaeological excavations in 1974 and 1975 and was left preserved under a car park. The whole museum is built around the bath house and I think that this is wonderful. I like anything like this and installations are shown on the walls telling you all about the dig and the items that were found. There is more HERE and quite an old post HERE.

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It is very impressive. 

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The Chilgrove Mosaic. I find mosaics fascinating, not only their age when found or how they have survived mainly buried under fields for years but also how intricate they are and the sheer scale of them. The mosaics at Fishbourne are very impressive if you ever get to see them and they made me jealous as I want to live in a mosaic filled palace.

There is more about the mosaics HERE and HERE.

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Being short on time I went upstairs to see the other exhibition spaces.

The Cutlasses and Contraband exhibition was next to see and I met this pipe man and learnt that tea was smuggled.

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A special treat was the Tim Peake exhibition which was reached in the rocket lift which then opened into 'outer space' I was sold and I actually was in space so...

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It was ever so exciting and you can stand next to a life size Tim Peake in his spacesuit if you so wished.

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A nice interlude was a viewing area where you could see over the rooftops and the cathedral spire.

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I had a lovely time at The Novium, so much so that it was gone 5 o'clock by the time I got back downstairs. I apologised as I honestly got carried away being in outer space and had no time left to visit the shop or check for snowglobes.

The Novium is open from 10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 - 16:00 Sundays & Bank Holidays and is FREE to visit. 

Visit their website HERE for everything you need to know and thank you to the staff for letting me take pictures.

All websites and links accessed 10th April 2018.