About Canterbury Roman Museum
Canterbury Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics and under-floor heating, discovered after wartime bombing.
A flourishing Roman town once stood beneath the streets of modern Canterbury. You can see reconstruction views showing the pre-Roman Iron Age settlement, ‘Durovernon’, the early Roman town around AD 150, and the fully developed Roman town of about AD 300. Objects displayed include rare Roman building tools, a gateway hinge, painted plaster fragments, rare glass, a rare set of cavalry horse-harness fittings, finds from Canterbury’s Roman baths, and figurines of goddesses. A recreated marketplace includes a fast-food stall, shoemaker, cloth-seller and bone-pin maker. You can also explore a reconstructed dining room and handle replica dishes, dress up in a toga or Roman helmet, or make your own mosaic.
The centrepiece of the museum is the Roman ‘hypocaust’ under-floor heating system of a room in a Roman town house, and corridors with inset mosaics, all preserved where found.
Read a blog by Caroline Lawrence about the Canterbury Roman Museum - Roman Mysteries & Western Mysteries