Opening date for new Chichester museum

THE district’s long-awaited new museum The Novium will open its doors to the public on Sunday, July 8.

Museum staff, professional conservators and specialist contractors are currently unpacking 150,000 precious artefacts and this week the very first object was installed – the large Chilgrove Mosaic which dates back to the fourth century. It has been sited opposite the remains of Chichester’s Roman bath house, which have been uncovered for the public to see for the first time and dominate the ground floor.

The museum will be one of the district’s jewels and residents can win the chance to preview the museum on ‘Golden Saturday’, the day before it opens to the public. Forty golden tickets will be available, each providing up to four people entry on the day, details will be available nearer the time.

Novium manager Tracey Clark said a large number of objects never before seen would be on show, and together would tell the story of the district and its people.