This article appeared in the Autumn 1978 (Issue #53) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
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Roman Painted House at Dover Wins Major British Tourist Association Award.
In May, the BTA announced its awards for 1977. More than 47 entries had been received from all over the British Isles, the majority having been undertaken by large official bodies over several years. The Painted House received a Certificate of Special Commendation for "outstanding tourist enterprise in 1977".
The outright winner was the Brighton Centre, a grand five-storey scheme including conference halls and restaurants, carried out by the Corporation of Brighton. The new Museum of London and the National Theatre were runners-up and all three projects were multi-million pound schemes.
The short list of Special Commendation awards included the Painted House, Wembley Stadium and Wimbledon Tennis. That the Painted House could compete on equal terms with such large national schemes is a great credit to British archaeology and to the town of Dover. Readers of the Review, many of whom supported the scheme by becoming Friends, will certainly remember that most of the work was done by the Kent Unit volunteers and at the remarkably low cost of only £74,000. Significantly perhaps, the Painted House received a much higher award than the Churchill Theatre, recently completed by the London Borough of Bromley at a cost of £5,500,000.
The awards were presented at a special ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall by the Minister for the Arts, Lord Donaldson. Mr G Ruck collected the award on behalf of the Painted House Trust and it has since been mounted and displayed for visitors to see inside the cover-building. In 1977 visitors from 69 different countries around the world saw the Roman Painted House and displays and this total should be exceeded in 1978.