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Exciting new programme of events at The Novium


Sandwich spread, mosaics and Roman comic strips - these are just a few of the exciting topics for events happening at The Novium in 2013.

The new January - April events programme includes:

·       Hurrah for Shippams - a film archives afternoon on Friday 25 January from 2pm to 4pm exploring the story of the local business that became a national success. Tickets £5 adult, £4 concession.

·       Toga Tales for Under 5s - an interactive story telling session for children aged under five featuring heroic tales from the Roman times. Free with museum admission.

·       Roman Comic Strips - a family crafternoon on Saturday 26 January from 1pm to 4pm including interactive storytelling and a chance to design your own Roman comic strip. Free with museum admission.

·       Mosaic Mania! - a children's workshop on Sunday 17 February from 1pm to 3pm where children can make a ceramic mosaic mirror frame to take home. Tickets £2.50 per child.

Other blockbuster events include a lecture series in March on bones by three leading UK experts. They include ground-breaking research on archaeological remains found in the District and are entitled 'The Autopsy of Bones', 'From Cemetery to Clinic', and 'Sex and the Saxons - early evidence of syphilis'.

A Hands on History event has been organised for half term from 16 to 24 February with the chance to get up close to real and replica artefacts. A special 'Woolly Week of Sheep' has been organised over the Easter holidays including trails, demonstrations, talks, walks, fancy dress and fun challenges.

As part of the adult learning programme, The Novium has a series of walking tours and talks highlighting aspects of Chichester's history. Content varies from broad introductions to the museum's collection to focusing on specific objects and historical events.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, Chichester District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Wellbeing and Community Services, says: "The Novium has been open for six months now, and young or old, whatever you love about the Chichester District, the museum has something for you!

"Throughout the winter and into spring there are lots of activities, events and talks for all ages. Our new events programme offers something for everyone."

The museum service at The Novium, in Tower Street, Chichester, is open:

·       November to March: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

·       April to October: Monday to Saturday 10am- 5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Admission fees apply.

Tourism services at The Novium are open 7 days a week, Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Access to tourism services is free.

For more information please call The Novium on 01243 775888, email at or visit