Welwyn Roman Baths secures National Lottery funding
Welwyn Roman Baths has received a £9,600 National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to fund a new community archaeology project that will help discover more about Roman life in Welwyn Hatfield.
The project - titled 'What's Under Our Feet?' - will kick off in early autumn, and involves young people from St Albans and District Young Archaeologists Club working with Welwyn Archaeological Society and WHBC's museum service to use geophysical survey techniques to find out about the structure hidden under their feet at the site.
Welwyn Roman Baths is a scheduled ancient monument that was once part of Dicket Mead Villa, built in the 3rd Century AD and occupied for 150 years. The villa complex has not been fully excavated, but it had four buildings and likely a surrounding farm.
Dicket Mead Villa was discovered in 1960 and excavated by the local archaeological society. The site has been ingeniously preserved in a steel vault nine meters underneath the A1(M) motorway.
The young archaeologists club will work with Dr. Kris Lockyear, Director of Welwyn Archaeological Society, to interpret any discoveries from surveying the site, and use this to excavate a series of test pits to uncover more information.
Ka Ng, Corporate Director at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:
We are really pleased to have received this support thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and we can't wait to get to work sharing the heritage of Welwyn Roman Baths with the Young Archaeologists Club, and expanding our understanding of what life was like in Welwyn Hatfield over 1,800 years ago.
Visitors will be able to keep up to date with the project through demonstrations at event days throughout the year at Welwyn Roman Baths, and a display in the museum after the project finishes.