Hooray! Fishbourne Roman Palace has survived the lockdown and re-opened to visitors, but with reduced hours. Please check timings and safety precautions on the website of the Sussex Archaeological Society, owners of the site, at https://sussexpast.co.uk.
With no visitors at any of their sites SAS's finances have been hard hit and funds remain very tight, particularly since expensive new restrictions and requirements have had to be placed on visitors. This is where the Friends can play an important role directly helping the Palace to cope.
The committee of the Friends have been and of course remain in very close touch with the Property Manager, Melanie Marsh, and the Palace staff to find out where we can be most helpful and how best to use the annual membership subscriptions and the donations which the Friends and others have so generously provided. We shall give members more details of this assistance in due course.
So far, so good. The committee report encouraging numbers of visitors in the first days of opening, but summer is now officially over and schoolchildren are back at their desks so it remains to be seen how long the momentum can be maintained. The Palace needs lots of visitors so come along if you possibly can, encourage friends and acquaintances, and spend what you can spare in the cafe, the bookshop and the giftshop. A notice recently spotted in a retail outlet in town put it succinctly; it said "Buy something.......or we're stuffed!".
We, the Friends, continue to rely on our members’ subscriptions and donations to enable us to make grants to the Palace for items which their budget otherwise would not bear. If you would like to make a donation (or further donations) we shall be most grateful.
To help the Palace directly send your cheque to the treasurer: Mr Paddy Thomas, Flat 29, Holly Tree,
Mark Anthony Court, HAYLING ISLAND, Hants PO11 0AE, or
bank transfer to TSB Bank, Sort Code 30-15-42 a/c 18431568 Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Fishbourne Roman Palace is a subsidiary of Sussex Archaeological Society, which receives no public funding to help with the upkeep of its various sites. Our Constitution provides for the Friends to raise funds specifically to help the Palace purchase equipment or fund activities which would otherwise be beyond its budget. Friends also give their time to help on site, either regularly or at special events such as children's activities.
On our Projects page you can see some of the ways we have been able to help. Even if you cannot take part in Palace activities your membership subscription or donation provides valuable support.