Keynsham’s Roman history on display

Keynsham’s Roman history on display

Roman mosaic panels from the Durley Hill Roman villa will go on display in Bath & North East Somerset Council’s new Keynsham development when it opens later this year. You can see how they are being cleaned and conserved by expert conservators from Cliveden Conservation in preparation for that display at a free event on Saturday 10 May.

Roman mosaics

Roman mosaics

On this open day – held at the Pixash Lane Archaeology Store – you can see conservation work in action and get up close to the marvellous mosaics discovered when the cemetery was extended in the 1920s.

An illustration featuring Europa and the bull!

An illustration featuring Europa and the bull!

You can talk to the conservators working on the project and curatorial staff from the Roman Baths will be on hand to talk about the style and significance of the mosaics and about other recent archaeological discoveries in the Keynsham area.

At the same time you will be able to explore other archaeological finds from Keynsham including decorative stonework from the Medieval Abbey, as well as finds and some unusual graffiti rescued from the Combe Down Stone Mines before they were filled in during the stabilisation works.

Another Abbey relic.

Another Abbey relic.

Young people can also have fun looking for objects on our trail through the archaeological store and designing their own Medieval floor tiles

Cllr Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet member for Sustainable Development, said: “Whilst the public has witnessed Bath & North East Somerset Council’s ongoing Keynsham town centre development, work has also been going on behind the scenes to prepare the Durley Hill villa mosaics for display. This gives local people a great opportunity to see some of that work in progress, ask questions about local archaeology and meet some of the people involved in the project.”

The Archaeology Store is next to the recycling centre on Pixash Lane and will be open to the public from 11am to 3pm.

Open door on history.

Open door on history.

People can explore some fascinating historical artefacts at open days being organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council as part of Adult Learners’ Week.

The Roman Baths.

The Roman Baths.

On 21 and 25 May, the Council is opening the doors to the St. John’s Museum Store, Bath, and Pixash Archaeology Store, Keynsham, respectively. Entry is free to visitors of all ages to inspire people to discover how learning can change their lives.

At the St. John’s Store on Tuesday 21 May, visitors can discover how Victorians bathed by examining the bathing equipment and visitor books which provide an insight to spa culture in Bath. The store also features furniture made by local craftsmen.

On Saturday 25 May, at the Pixash Store, you can see some of the stonework from the Medieval Abbey that was located in Keynsham, as well as the Roman Mosaics from a villa discovered on Durley Hill. Also on display are archaeological finds from the Combe Down Stone Mines which include: tools, blocks of stone, and graffiti drawn by the miners many years ago.

Some of the Keynsham mosaics in store!

Some of the Keynsham mosaics in store!

Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council, said: “Visitors have enjoyed exploring their heritage during our previous open days – making tours of the stores locations very popular. Bath & North East Somerset Council has joined in partnership with Adult Learner’s Week 2013 to continue to encourage our visitors and residents to discover more about their heritage and explore it even further.”

St. John’s Store will be open on Tuesday 21 May from 11am-3pm and is located on the corner of Locksbrook Road and Upper Bristol Road next door to the Volkswagen dealership. Pixash Store will be open Saturday 25 May from 11am-3pm and is located next to the Recycling Centre on Pixash Lane. There is no need to book ahead for either event.

Adult Learners’ Week 2013, which runs from 18-24 May, is organised by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education to inspire people to discover how learning can change their lives. For full details of Adult Learner’s Week 2013 visit http://adultlearnersweek.co.uk.