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The countdown has begun - just four weeks to go to opening of The Novium


There are just four weeks to go until the opening of The Novium, Chichester District's new museum. The Novium will open its doors to the public on Sunday 8 July.

Museum staff and specialist contractors are busy installing collections. The Novium will contain about 150,000 artefacts, both on display and in its store. The last items were transferred last week from the former Chichester District Museum in Little London to The Novium on Tower Street.

The Novium has been purposely built to showcase Roman bath house remains. Among the many other fascinating exhibits include the Chilgrove Mosaic and the Jupiter Stone, a portion of Roman sculpture base dated between the late first and early third century AD.

Many of the items have never been on display to the public before. The building is very modern and spacious and the second floor reveals breath-taking views of Chichester Cathedral. The Novium building was designed by the award winning Keith Williams Architects, whose projects include the Wexford Opera House in Ireland and the Unicorn Theatre in London.

Galleries will look at continuity and change across places in the district and influences from different people, as well as to wider technological and social developments.

Local residents can still win the chance to preview the museum on 'Golden Saturday', the day before it opens to the general public. Forty golden tickets are up for grabs, with each one providing up to four people entry on the day. People have the chance to win tickets through:

·       the local media;

·       the council's Initiatives magazine;

·       the council's social media sites; and

·       schools.

Councillor Myles Cullen, Chichester District Council's Cabinet Member for Economy, Property, and Tourism, says: "We are excited that we are now just four weeks away from the opening of The Novium. Museum staff are working incredibly hard to make sure everything is in place for the opening day. We are sure the new attractive museum will give a major boost to the local economy and be enjoyed not just by local people and schools but also visitors from far and wide."

The museum will also contain a shop with a wide range of local and unique gifts, souvenirs and books and the city's Tourist Information Centre.