Welcome to the Roman Alcester Museum website
MAY 2021 UPDATE: We are expecting confirmation from the UK Government that we will be allowed to reopen the Roman Alcester Museum week commencing 17th May 2021. Until such time we remain closed to visitors, but please watch this space for further announcements. We look forward to meeting you again soon!
Discover Roman Alcester
Roman Alcester is the exciting free-of-charge exhibition interpreting and displaying objects from Alcester’s Roman past and providing an information and learning resource on the Roman period.
Alcester is one of the most investigated Roman small towns in the country, with over 100 archaeological digs in the last 80 years. Recent excavations have revealed much about the area of the Roman town which would have been outside the boundary wall built in the 3rd century AD.
Come to Roman Alcester and find out what life was like there in Roman times between the 1st and 4th centuries AD.
New QR codes: To help you get the most from your visit, QR codes (example below) have been added to many artefacts which, via a smartphone code reader, will allow you to explore more detail than can be provided in the exhibit cases. If you don’t already have a QR code reader on your phone, you can download a FREE reader via your phone’s app store.
Although the limited re-opening of the Alcester Roman Museum in September, including for Heritage Open Day, was very successful, following the latest Covid regulations for England, the Museum is now closed again. When we reopen we anticipate that the Museum will again only open when the Library (with which it shares a building) is closed. This means that the Museum will only open on Tuesdays and Saturday afternoons. Visitor numbers will again be limited to meet social distancing guidelines. Regular cleaning, clear signage and our friendly volunteers will also help to ensure that visitors can stay safe and enjoy a relaxing day out. Watch this space for updates as the regulations change.
The Museum collections focus on Roman Britain and there are pottery, coins, jewellery, a sample excavation, maps, other artefacts and a range of hands-on activities for families to explore.
The lack of damage to the Alcester Samian Ware collection (as illustrated above) is unusual. It is possible that a trader’s stock of bowls was buried during a fire or other catastrophic event.
Teachers – bring your class on a rewarding school visit.
School bookings are on hold due to Covid-19.
At the moment we are not sure when we will be able to resume bookings.
Roman Alcester offers hands-on visits linked to the National Curriculum Key Stage 2. Other age groups can be accommodated by special arrangement.
Children can make use of all the museum’s facilities to bring Roman Britain alive. They can handle pottery and other artefacts and during the afternoon dress in Roman armour for a photo opportunity.
Admission to Roman Alcester is free!
Find us at Globe House, Priory Road, Alcester, B49 5DZ
NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE: Due to the latest England lockdown circumstances, we regret to advise that the Roman Alcester Museum is closed with immediate effect until further guidelines are received from the UK Government.
The museum is fully accessible and has two disabled persons’ parking spaces accessed from Seggs Lane.