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Crofton Roman Villa 2006
Crofton Roman Villa, Orpington, open to the public since 1992, has had a busy 2006. The previous season, 2005, saw the highest numbers of visitors ever, and 2006 was not far behind with about 4,500 school children taking part in the popular Roman Villa Activity Workshops. The children, usually from Years 3 or 4, not only heard about the Villa, its excavation in 1988 and life on a Roman villa, but also handled and drew artefacts, dressed up as Romans and made mosaics.
The highlight of the summer holidays was the visit from a Roman officer, a slave trader and a Roman lady. Many children joined the Roman army and several parents managed to sell their offspring at the slave sale! More mature visitors were not forgotten with special guided tours by Brian Philp on National Archaeology Day in July and also for pre-booked societies and groups on Sunday afternoons.
The Villa project is managed by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit, and is run with the support of, and in partnership with, the London Borough of Bromley, which owns the site. Extra volunteers with an interest in archaeology and history are sought to help man the site. They should have a willingness to deal cheerfully with the public and are invited to contact KARU on 020 8462 1442. Opening times for the 2007 season are from April to October, Wednesdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00am - 5.00pm, and Sundays 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Entry is 80p/50p. The site is adjacent to Orpington BR station.