27 April 2022
On 21 April 2022, the Duke of Gloucester officially opened the newly refurbished Trimontium Museum in Melrose.
21 April, an auspicious day in the Roman calendar recognized as the birthday of Rome, was a fitting date to reopen the Trimontium Museum, which houses one of the finest collections of Roman military objects on display anywhere in the UK.
The Duke of Gloucester, Patron of the Trimontium Trust was joined by invited guests and supporters of this latest chapter in the Trimontium story to unveil a plaque marking the occasion.
Celebrations were held in Abbey House gardens which included Antonine Guard members marching around Melrose, the Time Bandits living history group telling stories relating to Trimontium, and family activities led by volunteers from the museum.
The Duke of Gloucester with heritage office Rob Longworth
John Richardson, founder of the Antonine Guard, is pictured below at the launch, on photographs kindly supplied to History Scotland.
Below left: John with the Duke of Gloucester; right: John with retired Professor Lawrence Keppie from the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.
Trimontium Museum is now open daily for the spring and summer ,with an online booking system which also allows for drop-in visitors. The Trust runs guided fort and town trail history walks and a series of online talks. More information about these and other associated events and activities focusing on community archaeology and the local heritage landscape can be found on the museum website.