Kent Archaeological Review extract

The Roman Painted House at Dover --
(Progress Report.
by George Ruck.
(Chairman of the Trustees.)


It is again good to be able to report excellent progress on the preservation scheme for the Roman building with its famous painted walls, found in Market Street, Dover in 1971. The scheme is on schedule and still within the appeal target. As reported in the last KAR the walls and roof of the huge two-storey protective cover building were completed in September. In the Autumn the third phase of the work concentrated on the internal fixtures and fittings. The electricity, water, gas and sewer pipes have been laid from New Street and connected within the building. The joists and floors to the viewing gallery have been laid, two long stairways have been inserted and 600 feet of hand and knee-rails cut, painted and erected. Most of the door fittings and furnishings are now being fitted and the offices and toilets painted. Again all site management and labouring is being done by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit in an unpaid capacity.

The next major task is the final archaeological excavation and preservation of the 'Painted House' and the gradual uncovering of the walls and paintings, still carefully protected by covers and a second roof. Then must come the process of consolidation and conservation and the layout of the displays and finds.

Even with all this very hard work and progress the final 16,000 is still wanted urgently towards the final target of 90,000. If this can be reached then it should be possible to complete the scheme on schedule and open in the summer of 1977. Do please make your contribution and add your support to the thousands of hours of hard, voluntary work. More Friends are wanted for the 5 season ticket for life and sponsorship is still welcome.

FOR DETAILS: Dover Roman Painted House Trust, CIB HQ, Dover Castle, Kent.

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