Monday 10th June 2024 BAS Visit: Villa Ventorum

Our lecture season is now at an end until September. Meanwhile we have organised a group visit to the Villa Ventorum, which is a reconstruction of a Roman villa, at The Newt in Somerset. The location is about a 2 hour drive down the A303 then off at Wincanton

The guided tour is booked for 11am on Monday 10th June. The tour will take about 2 hours then we will have free time to have lunch at the cafe or restaurant and explore the gardens before heading back home.

No transport is provided other than car sharing which we will organise nearer the time. Plan on leaving Reading area about 08:30am.

If anyone wants to extend the trip and find overnight accommodation we do go past Stourhead (NT) and Stonehenge (NT & EH) or there is an art gallery in Bruton.

Please reply to Tim Lloyd on tim.lloyd222(at)gmail.com by April 5th. 

I have booked 20 places and it will be first come first served!

https://thenewtinsomerset.com/garden

https://www.exploringbuildinghistory.co.uk/villa-ventorum-at-the-newt-a-roman-estate-reimagined-part-1-looking-at-the-exterior/

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A prison where celebrated Irish writer Oscar Wilde was once an inmate has been sold to an educational charity, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said. (press release 11th January 2024)

Reading Jail formally closed in January 2014 and has been empty ever since. 

A campaign to turn the Grade II listed building into an arts and community centre was supported by celebrities including Stephen Fry, Kate Winslet and Dame Judi Dench.

The government said the jail had been sold to the Ziran Education Foundation.

It said the charity’s plans for the site included an educational centre incorporating a museum and exhibition space.

Read the latest from MP Matt Rodda here

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