Chichester’s Novium to open this weekend

The ground floor with the remains of a roman bath house, and the Chilgrove Mosaic and Jupiter Stone. C120888-1
The ground floor with the remains of a roman bath house, and the Chilgrove Mosaic and Jupiter Stone. C120888-1

THE final work on the Novium’s remarkable array of artefacts has now fallen into place.

Among the last pieces of the complex puzzle of its creation has been the installation of its computer-generated display surrounding centre-piece Roman baths.

Visitors will be able to get their first glimpse of the district’s new facility from this Sunday (July 8).

Laura Cartledge, of etc magazine attended a preview and was impressed.

She said: “Architect Keith Williams is clearly proud of the building and clearly he should be.

“The attention to detail and consideration of the surroundings shines through.

“Be it at the cathedral window, which offers spectacular views, or the stairwell where glass panels let you get a bird’s eye view of the Roman baths remains.

“My favourite feature is that the artefacts are arranged by themes. This means you are faced with cases allowing you to time-travel through the ages.”