Tucked away behind the Dorchester County Hall car park is a beautifully restored Roman Town House. This historically-rich, hidden gem has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to improve access to the site and to share its heritage with a much wider audience.
This grant will be used to:
- Create easy access to the site with new pathways and landscaping that attracts visitors and provides a clear route to the house
- Repair and clean the mosaic floors and crumbling mortar on the ceilings so the house can be reopened for tours and school visits.
- Build a new interpretation area and amphitheatre style seating will for visitors, schools’ groups and theatre productions to use. The new interpretation will tell the story of the Roman Town House and how it links to other sites in Dorchester.
In the second year of this project, 2021, we’ll be recruiting and supporting two new, young producers to create a programme of creative events that attract new audiences to the site and interpret the site in an exciting and innovative way. This could include outdoor art, performances and workshops.
The programme is in partnership with Dorset County Museum and will connect the Roman Town House with the museum’s education programme. Partnership funding has been provided by the Heritage Committee, Fine Family Foundation, Dorset Council and Dorset County Museum.