If you have never been to Chedworth (or if you have not been for a while), then I strongly urge you to visit one of the most extensive Roman villa remains in the country. The National Trust has carried out a great deal of restorative work recently and the mosaics in the west wing are exhibited very well indeed with state of the art walkways which allow the visitor to view them very closely. The Trust is halfway through an investigation of the north wing of the villa and hopes to reveal a fine mosaic to the public in 2017. The Remove Latinists really enjoyed their time here – the summer weather was beautiful and the scholars were able to explore the triclinium (dining room), the nymphaeum (sacred spring) and balnea (baths). The museum houses many artefacts discovered at Chedworth including an early Christian symbol ( a chi rho) scratched onto a slab of masonry from the nymphaeum.

The Corinium Museum is also well worth a visit and provides testimony to the importance of Cirencester (or Corinium Dobunnorum) in Roman Britain. It is very well organised and unlike other museums, does not overwhelm you with the number or diversity of its exhibits. The mosaic floors dating from between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD are very impressive as are the tombstones of the town’s Romano-British inhabitants.