Education award for Bignor Roman Villa

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Staff at Bignor Roman Villa are celebrating after receiving a prestigious award for educational excellence.

Museum manager Lisa Tupper has announced the team at the nationally-recognised visitor attraction has received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

“The award covers a wide range of criteria from how the sites’ educational programme links to the local and national heritage through to the quality and range of the educational resources and facilities available to enhance students’ visit,” said Mrs Tupper.

She added: “The staff and volunteers from Bignor were also praised by the judge, Keith Andreetti who spent the day at the villa during a visit of 90 Year 6 pupils from Downsbrook Middle School from Worthing.”

In his report the judge said: “The educational programmes at Bignor Roman Villa make good use of the huge potential of this important site. Bignor is an excellent example of an affluent Roman country dwelling.

“Its geographical location next to Stane Street, below the Downs between Noviomagus and Londinium, allows it to illustrate important points about the organisation and social makeup of southern Britain during the Roman occupation.

“The story of its discovery in 1811, and of its conservation by generations of a local farming family, presents a unique microcosm of British archaeology.