This September the work of five Yorkshire Mosaic Artists will feature in a display on the site of the most northerly in situ Roman mosaics in the country. The Friends of Roman Aldborough are collaborating with Sue Kershaw and other members of the British Association of Modern Mosaics (BAMM) to show a range of designs some of which are contemporary, whilst others will have more than a nod to their earlier counterparts. A number of these mosaics will be on sale.
Sue will also be running a Mosaic Workshop on Saturday 5th September from 10.30 – 3.00pm in Aldborough Village Hall. Participants will be able to create their own design using a variety of materials or make one to an authentic Roman design that Sue has discovered on her many travels. She will also be making smaller mosaics with children who visit the museum on Sunday 6th September. (Booking essential for Mosaic Workshop only, £45 for FORA members,£50 for non-members.
The mosaics at Aldborough Roman site are amongst some of the most unique in the country.They include discoveries made nearly two hundred years ago by workmen burying a calf in the grounds of the local inn and others containing rare Greek inscriptions. Members of FORA will tell the stories behind these as part of the tours on both weekends of the festival.
Dr Will Wootton, lecturer in Roman Art at King’s College London will also be giving his talk ,“Paving Roman Aldborough: Mosaics and their Makers” on Saturday 5th September at 7.30pm in Aldborough Village Hall ( free to FORA members , £5 to non members).The talk will cover how and why mosaics were produced , concentrating mainly on Aldborough but including others in Roman Britain and the ancient Mediterranean.
As well as being open on both weekends, the museum site and mosaic exhibition will also be open to visitors on Tuesday 8th September. That evening Professor Martin Millett, Cambridge University and Rose Ferraby, who have been conducting archaeological surveys since 2009 as part of the Aldborough Roman Town Project, will return to St. Andrew’s, Aldborough at 7.30pm. Over the past six years they have discovered much about this Roman town which was a very important centre of administration for much of northern Britain. They will share their most recent findings and pose further questions which still remain unanswered with all those who attend (free to FORA members , £5 to non members).
Aldborough Roman Site, Aldborough, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire – YO51 9ES http://www.english-heritage.org.uk