David Hopkins re opens the museum for the 2018 season
David Hopkins was delighted to open the Museum and to view the latest permanent exhibit in the Main Room which had been assembled and displayed by Dr Trevor Davies of the Chichester and District Archaeological Society (CDAS). This display, co-curated by fellow CDAS member and archaeologist Jane Weeks, is of the finds excavated at Warblington Roman Villa over recent years. Warblington Roman Villa may not have had the grandeur of its near neighbour, Fishbourne Roman Palace, but it had been in continuous high status use for longer than any other local Roman site. On display are a stylus, indicating possible commercial activity, coins, painted plaster, roof tiles, part of a hypocaust and some tesserae.
The most important finds though include part of an amphora from the Naples area and a rare stone cist. CDAS gratefully acknowledged the support they had had from many quarters in their excavations and in setting up on the display, and Trevor Davies formerly invited David Hopkins to declare the Museum open. Before a welcoming audience composed of EM&HT members, members of the public and representatives of Havant and Hampshire Councils, David spoke of the archaeologist’s mantle being that of the storyteller. Everywhere there is a story to be told. The past 10 to 15 years has seen a rise in the importance of community archaeology with more and more stories being uncovered. Local museum’s such as that in Emsworth are vital to showcase that storytelling. After declaring the Museum open for the 2018 season, David toured the Museum viewing exhibits and meeting fellow enthusiasts of his storytelling approach.
Top picture, L to R: Dr Trevor Davies, Jane Weeks and David Hopkins.