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It was an honour to have Professor Sir Barry

In our 10+ years existence the Friends' donations to the Palace have financed a wide range of projects including:

- Replacement of graphic panels and external signage in the Garden Museum;

- 'What's On' visitor information screen and software in reception;

- commemorative bench and plaque in memory of Denis Carter, a longtime volunteer;

- portable PA system for the Rudkin Room, used for educational workshops;

- bursaries to support visits by disadvantaged children from local schools;

- finds handling trolley for the Collections Discovery Centre;

- Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Bournemouth University to recommend how    visitor experience can be improved;

- temperature and humidity monitors for the North Wing;

- advertising beer mats for local pubs;

- translations of foreign visitors' handouts into 10 languages;

- commemorative display on Fishbourne's early benefactor, Ivan Margary (right);

- camera and printer for children's events.

- photo survey of the Palace's North Wing (details in our newsletter of October 2016)

- replacement of the log edging in the Roman Garden and provision of plant identification panels

New software for the MODES collections management system used in the Collections Discoveries Centre.

Microscope light source

Material for new volunteer costumes

Planting a lavender bed by the south garden wall (see below)

Gang mower and utility truck for the Palace gardens

Bookplates to insert in 254 items donated by David Rudkin to the Palace library.

Ivan D Margary, essential benefactor, who purchased the land where the Roman Palace was discovered, financed the excavations, and handed the site on to Sussex Archaeological Society. It is extremely doubtful that another such benefactor would have been found, without which the  site might well have been submerged under a planned trunk road.

Anne de Potier cuts the ribbon for the walnut tree planted in memory of Dr Margaret Rule CBE, curator of the Palace from 1960 to 1979.

The lavender bed, before and after. Photos - Anne de Potier