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Museum appoints new Chairperson and Secretary
Susan Juned has been appointed chairperson of the trustees of the Alcester Heritage Trust replacing Laurence Thatcher who has retired after 10 years in the job. At the same time Graeme Hewitt has replaced Trevor Wraight as secretary. The trust runs Alcester’s popular Roman museum.
At the handover ceremony Laurence said, “It has been a privilege to be chairman of the Roman Museum for the last ten years. I have met lots of lovely people and enjoyed the challenges involved in running an entirely voluntary organisation. It has definitely been a learning experience which I would not have missed for the world! However, it is time to move on since the museum needs a new vision and I am sure that Susan will provide exactly that. I am remaining as a Trustee and as a volunteer so will be still be part of the Roman Museum”.
Susan Juned added, “I am looking forward to taking on the task of chairing the Alcester Heritage Trust. Carrying on the work after the outstanding contributions made by Laurence Thatcher and Trevor Wraight will be a big challenge. Alcester’s Roman Museum remains successful as a result of their work”.
‘Bowled’ over by this fabulous find
Alcester resident Ray Taylor made a fabulous discovery in his back garden in Roman Way: an1800-year-old mortarium, a type of ceramic bowl used for grinding and serving herbs and spices.
The mortarium is being researched by Sara Wear, Curator of Human History at Warwickshire County Council who believes it may have been made in Mancetter (near Atherstone, Warwickshire) or Oxfordshire. It is almost complete: only a small section of the rim is missing. Sara says it is rare to find such a complete item.
An article about the find appeared in the Daily Mail.
Mr Taylor has generously donated the mortarium to the museum and he and Sara Wear are shown below handing it over to the museum for display.