Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace

Welcome to the website of the Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace. The Palace is owned and run by the charity Sussex Archaeological Society. Despite its great international importance the Palace receives no public money but must depend on income from visitors and special events. The Friends organisation is dedicated to helping promote and protect this unique site. Please spare a moment to consider joining us; details are on our membership page. Or If you would care to make a donation towards this work please use the easy payment button below and indicate the amount you are donating.


Fishbourne Roman Palace - blending history and technology   (N Haskins).

Our latest contribution to the Palace

The Friends have extended the range of the Palace’s foreign language guides to include Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Danish, Hungarian, Swedish and Russian. Full details on our Projects page

Events programme 2014

The events organised by Neville Haskins this year continued the very high standard set previously.

Our series of talks began with an excellent address by Dr Stuart Needham, visiting Research Fellow at Reading University, on the round barrows of the Early Bronze Age (around 2500 to 1500 BC). Dr Miles Russell of Bournemouth University spoke in May on the relationship of Fishbourne and Chichester with wider Roman Britain. In June Fergus Milton, a director of Butser Ancient Farm, gave us an overview of its history and objectives in preparation for the Friends’ highly enjoyable visit there on 16 August. Finally, Dr Matt Pope FSA, Senior Research and Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, followed up his talk to us last year about Ice Age Sussex with a look forward to the effects of the next ice age and how inhabitants of this area might act to survive it. Fascinating - but scary! Click on the names to read the presentations.

This year’s excursion was a visit to Butser Ancient Farm at Clanfield at the invitation of the Friends of Butser. You can see what a splendid and informative day we had there in our latest (October) newsletter.


The Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace is an organisation independent of the Palace and of Sussex Archaeological Society, the owners of the Palace and other historic properties. Our constitution provides that all funds raised shall be used for the sole benefit of the Roman Palace.

Registered address - Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 3QR

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