Chichester to have its Roman Baths Museum

Worthing Herald

Published Date: 05 February 2009
Multi-million-pound proposals for a three-storey Roman baths museum in the heart of Chichester have been given the go-ahead despite opposition from residents.
Permission was granted for the plans by the district council’s planning committee, which has sparked outrage among residents living nearby.

The controversial developments were criticised by resident Mike Lawson, who lives opposite the site in Tower Street.

“The design is a huge monolithic monstrosity,” he said.

“We probably do need a museum in the city and this is the right location for it. But it is not in context with the houses around it because of its bulk and mass.

“We are not going to have a building that future generations are going to be proud of.”

There was a wide difference in opinion at the planning meeting. Voting was 7-5 in favour.

Colin Rhodes, whose house is opposite where the museum’s entrance will be, said: “It will be a featureless block and will tower over the existing homes. It has been shoe-horned into a small parcel of land.”

The proposals were strongly criticised by Chichester City Council, the Chichester Conservation Area Advisory Committee and some local residents, but praised by the South East Regional Design Forum.

Architect Keith Williams told the committee an ‘exemplary project’ had been created, which would underscore Chichester’s cultural future.

It would be capable of extension, and would provide more than twice the exhibition space available at the current museum.

“I see it as a key part of the city’s future architectural heritage,” he said at the meeting. “I do believe this will be an extremely fine building. It is a subtle building, not showy, which is right for the city.”

A call has also been made for the district council to put the whole £6.9m scheme on hold until the money is available to provide a better development.


A new block of 26 flats proposed for a site next to the Roman baths museum was given the go-ahead by district councillors.

This scheme will raise funds to help provide the museum, together with proceeds from the sale of the existing museum site, in Little London.

Proposals were criticised by city councillors and conservationists, but planning officers recommended approval, and voting by the southern area development control committee was 7-4 in favour.

The decision is subject to the completion of a formal legal agreement.

I think not!

Huffington Post has a piece about people enjoying cruelty and other peoples’ suffering. Judging by this extract about the Colosseum, the writer has not checked his facts.

How many days in the year were there beast fights or gladiatorial contests in the Colosseum? Certainly not ‘nearly very day in the week’ (the Romans did not have weeks anyway).

Let’s leave Christian Europe and travel in our mental time-machine to pagan Rome during the reign of Caligula, Tiberius, or some other royal personage of the Empire. We visit the Colosseum, that huge torture chamber in which nearly every day in the week thousands of ordinary Romans shout with joy at the spectacle of men, women, and children from every corner of the Empire (and many from the very streets of Rome) on the sand, alive, half-naked, defenseless as they are torn to pieces by lions, tigers, leopards, bears, or even fellow humans, the gladiators who wield maces, swords, spears, or hatchets, flesh crushed, ripped, and gored, the sand soaked in blood. The daily consequence was such an abundance of dead human meat that modern scholars have been provoked to write whole books debating the logistics puzzle of how the bodies were disposed.

Legio XIIII in Norwich High School

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Romans invade Norwich school

06 February 2009

PUPILS at a city school were invited to take part in their very own Roman invasion.

Year nine pupils at Norwich High School have been given a demonstration of some of the military techniques and weapons used by the Romans.

Legion XIIII are a group of Hertfordshire-based classicists and archaeologists who tour schools hosting displays of ancient military technique and equipment.

At Norwich High School they demonstrated the use of various Roman weapons, including the sling and javelin.

Amber Hollinger, who won the drill competition, following drill commands in Latin, said: “We have been learning Latin at school so I managed to understand all the commands. The Roman outfit was really heavy – it would keep me warm but I don’t think I would be able to march very far in it.”