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Bromley Mayor helps celebrate Crofton Roman Villa's birthday!

Crofton Roman Villa had a special visitor yesterday (Thursday 28th July) when Bromley's Mayor, Ian Payne, came to visit and help us celebrate 25 years open to the public.

Volunteers, past and present, were present at a party and presentation where Dr Brian Philp (Director of the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit) and Edna Mynott (Secretary) showed the Mayor around the Villa and listened to a presentation by Dr Philp with a reply from the Mayor himself.

A full excavation of the site was carried out by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit in 1988 when the villa was due to be destroyed for a new car park for the extended Civic Hall. By the end of 1988 it was clear that what had survived was of importance and The London Borough of Bromley agreed to finance a preservation scheme with much of the work done by the unit staff. The Villa eventually opened to the public during 1991/1992 and has since attracted over 120,000 visitors.

The Mayor was pleased to blow out the candles on a Crofton Roman Villa cake (not made to a Roman recipe!) with volunteers and staff remembering times past and present.

Dr Philp showed the Mayor our special exhibition on the archaeology of Hayes (which finishes on 31st July) as well as showing him the artefacts on permanent display to the public and schools.

The villa is open over the summer holidays with 'Fabulous Roman Fashions' every Wednesday and 'From Roman Villa to Railway Station' every Friday in August.