Butser Ancient Farm near Petersfield is proud to reopen the Roman villa after a major restoration project over the summer. It’s 14 years since the villa was completed for the TV documentary Rebuilding the Past in 2003. Since then it’s been seen by around half a million people when they visit Butser Ancient Farm.
The newly whitewashed interiors have made the rooms brighter and the floors have been re-laid with opus signinum (Roman concrete) inlaid, in the Roman tradition, with broken pottery. These are real fragments of Romano-British pottery, giving a fantastic new touchstone to the past for Roman-themed visits.
The building is based on original excavations of a Roman villa at Sparsholt, near Winchester, and more than 30,000 school children and 7,000 members of the public come to visit every year.
Over this weekend, visitors will have the chance to join a short guided tour of the villa and discover how people lived in Britain 1600 years ago.
Maureen Page, one of the Directors at Butser Ancient Farm, is delighted with the results, “This has given the villa a new lease of life. It is now accessible to disabled visitors and it means that we can prepare for next year when we are planning to paint frescos on the villa walls and lay mosaics on the floors.”
Butser Ancient Farm www.butserancientfarm.co.uk 02392 598838