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Sam Moorhead

Department of Coins and Medals The British Museum:
National Finds Adviser - Iron Age and Roman Coins.

Title of talk:
'The Frome Hoard, Carausius and the First Brexit'

In AD 286, a Roman general, Carausius, who commanded the northern fleet, rebelled against his emperor, Maximian, in Gaul. After fierce fighting on the continent, Carausius retreated to Britain where he created his own breakaway empire. He was able to defend the island from invasion by Maximian with his powerful fleet and even have control of Boulogne. His coinage, one of the most complex of the entire Roman period, shows that he took on all the trappings of imperial Rome. Briefly, there was a rapprochement between Carausius and the rulers of the Central Empire, Diocletian and Maximian. However, this did not last long and we are told that Carausius was killed by one of his senior officers, Allectus. Allectus was then to rule the British Empire for a further three years, before Constantius I retook the island in AD 296.’ This lecture will recount this episode and will show how the recent discovery of the Frome Hoard has added to our knowledge of this often-neglected period of British history.

Please Note: payment in cash or cheque, FBRV cannot process card payments.

Booking is essential. Tickets can be reserved but must be paid for with-in 48 hours. Tickets not paid for may be released for sale if not claimed 30 minutes before the start time.

Tickets are Non-Refundable

Date: 21st September 2019
Start time: 3-30pm
Cost: £10

Tickets are on sale at BRADING ROMAN VILLA

The Friends of Brading Roman Villa are planning
a day trip to the Ashmolean Museum Oxford,
to visit the new exhibition:


23rd October 2019

This major exhibition tells the story of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii's love affair with food and wine. When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people were engaged in typical day to day activities: producing, buying and selling food and, most importantly, eating and drinking.
See over 400 rare objects, including fine masterpieces of Roman art which range from the luxury furnishings of Roman dining rooms to the carbonised food that was on the table when the volcano erupted. Everything from the exquisite mosaics and frescoes in the villas of the wealthy, to the remains found in kitchen drains, show what the Pompeiians loved to eat and drink. This remarkable exhibition provides an extraordinary insight into their everyday lives.

What’s included in the trip:

  • Bus travel from the Island. 8AM ferry from Fishbourne.
  • A virtual tour of the exhibition.
  • Entrance into the exhibition.
  • A buffet lunch.
  • A private lecture given by the exhibition curator, Dr Paul Roberts.

Dr Roberts is a long time Friend of Brading Roman Villa. He was co-curator of the British Museum exhibition held at the Villa featuring the Warren Cup. He is a NADFAS Accredited Lecturer and the Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum.

To make the trip viable we need 30 people traveling from the Island

£50 per person traveling from the Island (based on 30 people).
£55 per person traveling from the Island (based on 25 people).
£30 per person for those who make their own way to the museum.

See Dr Roberts talking about the exhibition:


To register your interest please contact David Reeves
on: 07775 606812 or: office@fbrv.org.uk

FBRV Charity Number: 1110720

The Friends of Brading Roman Villa is one of two independent charities working together at this important heritage site. The Oglander Roman Trust (charity no. 1044506) looks after the conservation of the site, the buildings and the staff and The Friends of Brading Roman Villa (charity no. 1110720) help raise funds and provide volunteer help wherever it is needed.

Neither charity is supported except by its own efforts and in close co-operation each works tirelessly to maintain and conserve the Villa site.

The Friends volunteers play a significant role and provide time and skills in an increasing number of areas:

  • Museum guides and stewards
  • A specialist team of education guides
  • Maintenance of the Roman garden
  • Winter lectures given by visiting speakers
  • The handling collection of artefacts taken out into the community
  • Help with family activities and events on site

Less noticeable, but absolutely vital, is the behind-the-scenes volunteer activity which makes it all happen. Most of this can be done from home and extra help would be very welcome, particularly volunteers with admin and IT skills.

Whatever your contribution might be, your support will be valued and greatly appreciated.

For more information about The Friends of Brading Roman Villa please call 07775 606812 or
email friends@bradingromanvilla.org.uk

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