About us

The Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace Is an independent organisation set up to support the work of the Palace in the conservation, research, renovation and ongoing development of the site.  As a group we provide financial help for Palace projects, give time to help on site, regularly or at special events and raise funds for specific projects.

The Friends' Committee 2021-22


Chair - David Bone

Secretary - Dorothy Lawson

Treasurer - Richard New

Committee Members:

​- Mary Haskins


- Anne de Potier (Website, Newsletter)

Read our biographies here

It was an honour to have  Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe to cut the cake with our then Chairman, Pam Crowe, at our tenth anniversary celebrations in 2015

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The Friends were very sad to learn of the death on 2 August 2021 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.

Read the tribute to David given at his funeral by Betina Blake, his former Secretary here.

History of the Friends

In 2017 Pam Crowe, a former Chairman, wrote an account of the formation and early years of the Friends. Read it here .


by e-mail - fishbournefriends@googlemail.com

by post - Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Way,     

Fishbourne, CHICHESTER, West Sussex PO19 3QR