Welcome to the Roman Alcester Museum website
AUGUST 2021 UPDATE: After many months of patient waiting, we are pleased to inform you that, from 1st August 2021, Roman Alcester Museum opening times will be:
Sunday to Tuesday: closed all day
Wednesday to Saturday: 10.30 to 15.30
Although no longer compulsory, we would request that all of our visitors continue observing social distancing rules and practice the use of protective face coverings where possible, please.
In addition to the above opening times, we will also be participating in the 2021 Heritage Open Day and will open over the weekend of 18th & 19th September between 10.00 & 16.00.
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.
SPECIAL EVENT: HERTIAGE OPEN DAYS 2021
The Museum will have special activities for Heritage Open Weekend on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September, no booking required.
There will be special activities for children, photo opportunities with our very own Roman soldier, plus the chance to dress in Roman costumes and to handle Roman pottery and other artefacts. On both days one of our Roman experts will give a guided tour of the Museum at 2pm.
View our new & exciting video :- Alcester Told Tales: Live & Local LivingRoom
ALCESTER Museum has collaborated with musician Mark Ferraby in a Live & Local’s LivingRoom project to create a unique film celebrating its Roman history. The 20-minute film follows a day and night in Roman Alcester and features range of talented people from the local community including a Brownies group, male voice choir, classical singer Cressida Dolphin and the town’s very own centurion, Mick Parker.
Chair of the museum’s trustees, Susan Juned, said: “The finished film is an intriguing and fun way to engage people of all ages in our remarkable Roman history and we’ll be able to show it not just in the museum, but also at various places around town, not forgetting Heritage Open Days on September 18th & 19th 2021.”
The film is available to watch on the Live & Local YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/Alcester-Told-Tales
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 will resume for the academic year 2021/22 but, due to Covid constraints, there will be a change of format.
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. We can also show a fun video of an imaginary day in the life of Roman Alcester.
Admission to Roman Alcester is free!
Find us at Globe House, Priory Road, Alcester, B49 5DZ
From 1st August 2021 the Museum opening is:
Sunday to Tuesday closed all day
Wednesday to Saturday 10.30 to 15.30
There will be special openings for Heritage Open Weekend on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 10am to 4pm.
The museum is fully accessible and has two disabled persons’ parking spaces accessed from Seggs Lane.