Thousands flock to Chichester’s new museum

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CHICHESTER’S new multi-million pound museum has been visited by more than 12,000 people in its first two months.

The Novium, which explores the history of the Chichester district and its residents, opened in Tower Street, on July 8.

Manager Tracey Clark said: “This is fantastic news. The visitor numbers are testament to all the hard work that went on prior to opening. We look forward to welcoming thousands more visitors over the coming months.”

Cllr Eileen Lintill, district council cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services, said they were thrilled with the mew museum’s success.

“There is a real buzz of excitement in the museum and it’s so nice to see so many people enjoying looking round. The Novium’s opening has given Chichester and the district a major new tourist attraction,” she added.

Summer visitors to The Novium have been getting ‘hands on’ while learning about history. Two workshops have revealed the history of craft-making, including how the Romans made mosaics, and how paper was created 3,000 years ago.

Rosie May, 12, from Chichester, who attended the mosaic-making workshop, said: “My favourite subject is art and if I’d lived back then I would have wanted to be a mosaic maker.”

A new programme of events, including walks, talks and special Christmas events has been announced.

It includes Chichester in 100 Objects – Sunday, September 30, from 3pm-4.30pm.