Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

Browsing my archives has taken me back to Wroxeter, a small village in Shropshire, but once the fourth most important city in Roman Britain.

As part of an innovative TV project with Channel 4, a Roman villa urbana, or high status Roman town house, was constructed at Wroxeter. 'Time Team', a very popular TV programme concerned with excavating small archaeological sites brought it to the attention of a wider audience. The programme was called 'Rome Wasn't Built in a Day'.

This is a photograph of the finished villa.

The builders were aided in their quest by a manual on Roman building written by engineer Vitruvius 2,000 years ago.
The building process has helped shed new light on how incredible feats of ancient engineering were achieved, and this remarkable replica stands as testament to the energy and ingenuity that defined so much of the Roman era.

The town house gives visitors a fascinating insight into the construction techniques used in this period. The walls of one room have been left in a variety of stages of completion, so that visitors can see what lies beneath the rendering and fresco finishes.

The design for the town house was inspired by an actual building excavated at the site.

I will show a little more of the site in workshops.

Thank you for your interest. Keep safe this weekend, Bev :-)

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