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Over the years 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

- 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

-Backpack vacuum cleaner for the mosaics

-Furniture and equipment for second-hand bookshop

-Microscope camera for conservation lab

-Materials for model of Palace in 3rd period

-PA system for the Palace

-Glasshouse for the garden

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.

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Staff member Charlie with backpack vacuum

The lavender bed, before and after.


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

Fishbourne, CHICHESTER, West Sussex PO19 3QR

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