Bignor Roman Villa, West Sussex, Roman mosaics
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Outreach Talk

A member of our staff is able to come along to your day or evening group and give an interesting and entertaining talk on the history of Bignor Roman Villa. As well as a colourful presentation, we also bring along a selection of roman finds for handling. Our fee is approx. £60 plus travel. For more details please email

School visits are welcome by prior arrangement. Contact us to book your school trip! Email for more information. Book now for the 2017 season - book early to avoid disappointment!

Bringing children and young people to see the world renowned mosaics helps them to gain a lively sense of the Roman way of life. Learn how mosaics were created, for example, or understand the process of the Roman heating system (a Hypocaust). Children will enjoy spinning wool fibres into yarn and dressing up in Roman tunics. As well as historical points of interest, the location of the Roman Villa on the South Downs Way provides many points of geographical and biological discussion. Over 100 school groups visit Bignor Roman Villa each year.

Guided Tours
These are available on request from our friendly and knowledgeable team and are pitched to suit your groups' key stage.

Hands on practical activities including wool spinning, making flour with replica quern stones, writing on wax tablets and creating mosaic designs with colourful tiles.

Sandford Award Logo



The team at Bignor Roman Villa are proud to announce that they have been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2012. The award covers a wide range of criteria from how the sites’ educational programme links to the local and national heritage through to the quality and range of the educational resources and facilities available to enhance students’ visit. The staff and volunteers from Bignor were also praised by the Judge, Mr Keith Andreetti who spent the day at the Villa during a visit of 90 year 6 pupils from Downsbrook Middle School from Worthing.

Mr Andreetti said of his visit;

“The educational programmes at Bignor Roman Villa make good use of the huge potential of this important site. Bignor is an excellent example of an affluent Roman country dwelling. Its geographical location next to Stane Street, below the Downs between Noviomagus and Londinium, allows it to illustrate important points about the organisation and social makeup of southern Britain during the Roman occupation. The story of its discovery in 1811, and of its conservation by generations of a local farming family, presents a unique microcosm of British archaeology. The dedicated way that staff and volunteers demonstrate their own fascination with these facts encourages learners to share in understanding its place in our local and national heritage. Bignor’s greatest strength is its approachable, low-tech, child-centred style that excludes no one and promotes active learning in a safe and inspiring environment”.

For more information on the Sandford Award visit their website.



Roman Facts

Toga - flowing garment worn by men, made of circular piece of cloth.

Palla - a woman's cloak wrapped round like a toga, one end over the head.

Stola - long flowing dress gathered at the waist, clip fastened at the shoulder.