The Friends were very sad to learn of the death on 2 August of our much loved and greatly respected President, David Rudkin.

David read archaeology and prehistory at Sheffield University. He took the post-graduate certificate in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, was appointed Keeper of Archaeology for Portsmouth City Museums, and was Hon Secretary of the Hampshire Archaeological Committee.

In 1979 David was appointed Director of Fishbourne Roman Palace. He made education a high priority and was awarded an Honorary MA by the university of Chichester in 2006. He retired in 2008 and consented to become President of the Friends, putting his knowledge and energy at our disposal. We shall be much the poorer without him.

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Fishbourne Roman Palace survived the lockdown and re-opened to visitors on 17 May. Please check timings and safety precautions on the website of the Sussex Archaeological Society, owners of the site, at https://sussexpast.co.uk


   The committee of the Friends are in 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.

   To help it recover from the lockdown, when no money was coming in, 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.

   Good news - on 22 August the ever-popular gladiators will again be demonstrating their abilities and skills at the Palace.

   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, send your cheque to the treasurer: Mr Richard New, 3 Baileys Way, Hambrook, Chichester, PO18 8FE.

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.