Venue: Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA
Colliton Glass Bowl – one of very few surviving from Roman times, engraved with mythical dancing figures, the followers of the Greek god of wine.
All Roads Lead to Durnovaria
Tomorrow's Museum for Dorset is a major £14.9m Heritage lottery funded project which will transform the Museum into a leading contemporary cultural and heritage centre. The Victorian Hall and other existing spaces will be refurbished, and a new building will double the Museum's floor space. As part of the demolition and construction process it is important that we uncover and record everything which will be affected.
Involving the demolition of a number of buildings, we expected that building Tomorrow's Museum for Dorset would reveal parts of Roman Dorchester.
It has been known for many years that there would be remains within the Museum grounds as other archaeological features have been seen in excavations nearby. You now have a chance to glimpse part of the Roman town during the excavations.
In this exhibition you can find out how the Romans lived. Here you can see the remains of their sophisticated world, from beautiful mosaics to jewellery, glassware and pottery.