Dorchester’s Roman Town House has won a £248,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to improve access to and share its heritage with a much wider audience.

Cash from other bodies, too, including the Arts Development Company, will help the project deliver a range of improvements, including a new entrance to the Roman Town House site.


Steve Wallis (left), Vivienne Berry, Tess Allison, Marta Kulik and Bridget Betts from Dorset Council at the town house with Jon Murden of Dorset County Museum, councillor Ray Bryan and Sarah James of the Arts Development Company

Located within Colliton Park, Dorchester, the Town House dates from the later Roman period and is the only house of its kind that is completely on display to visitors in Britain.

There are problems with damp on the beautiful mosaics, mainly caused by the overhanging trees, and the house is unable to open to schools and others due to safety concerns over the ceilings.

Supported through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will provide a new easy access to the site along Colliton Walk, as well as new pathways around the site and landscaping.

The structure will be updated, the mosaics repaired, crumbling mortar will be made safe and the house will reopen for tours.

A new interpretation area and amphitheatre style seating will be put in for groups to use and new interpretation will link to other sites in town.

 See Hidden Dorchester, Dorchester Voice magazine for history of the Roman town house

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