Friends of Brading Roman Villa

The Friends of Brading Roman Villa is one of two independent charities working together at this important heritage site. The Oglander Roman Trust (charity no. 1044506) looks after the conservation of the site, the buildings and the staff and The Friends of Brading Roman Villa (charity no. 1110720) help raise funds and provide volunteer help wherever it is needed.

Neither charity is supported except by its own efforts and in close co-operation each works tirelessly to maintain and conserve the Villa site.

Roman Villa Garden

The Wendy Gannon President’s Fund

The objectives of the Friends of Brading Roman Villa are to educate the public and to increase public awareness of the Villa site. Wendy Gannon, past President of the Friends, who sadly died in March 2017, was a major contributor to the life of Brading Roman Villa. She received a B.E.M for her work in fulfilling the charity’s aims and objectives.

In commemoration of Wendy, and to continue the work she started, the Board of Trustees has set up an education fund. The purpose of the fund is to offer educational grants, up to £200, to students resident on the Isle of Wight, who are undertaking higher education in History, Archaeology, or related subjects at sixth form, college, or university level. A Grants Committee (GC) has been set up to oversee the distribution of the Wendy Gannon President’s fund, to vet applications, and to make recommendations to the Board regarding the awarding of grants to students, and the amounts involved.

If you would like to make a donation to the Wendy Gannon Presidents fund, please address your donations to
‘The Treasurer, Friends of Brading Roman Villa, Morton Old Road, Brading, PO36 0PH’.

Further details and an application form can be downloaded here.

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The Friends volunteers play a significant role and provide time and skills in an increasing number of areas:

  • Museum guides and stewards
  • A specialist team of education guides
  • Maintenance of the Roman garden
  • Winter lectures given by visiting speakers
  • The handling collection of artefacts taken out into the community
  • Help with family activities and events on site

Less noticeable, but absolutely vital, is the behind-the-scenes volunteer activity which makes it all happen. Most of this can be done from home and extra help would be very welcome, particularly volunteers with admin and IT skills.

Whatever your contribution might be, your support will be valued and greatly appreciated.

For more information about The Friends of Brading Roman Villa please call 07775 606812 or email friends@bradingromanvilla.org.uk

Friends Library

Anthony & Cleopatra to Domesday

Anthony & Cleopatra to Domesday

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Early Empire to Expansion

Early Empire to Expansion

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Fall of the Empire to Greece

Fall of the Empire to Greece

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Glass to Military History

Glass to Military History

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Mosaics to Roman Britian

Mosaics to Roman Britian

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Seafare to Vikings & Guidebooks etc

Seafare to Vikings & Guidebooks etc

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Roman IOW

The Rev. Edmund Kell.

Carisbrooke Roman Villa 1859, by the rev. Edmund Kell, giving an account of the discovery at the Roman villa at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, revised from descriptive notes.

Carisbrooke Roman Villa 1859

The Rev. Edmund Kell.

The 1866 Gurnard Villa report. An account of the discovery of a Roman building in Gurnard Bay, Isle of Wight. Published in the Journal of British Archaeology. The Gurnard Villa is now lost to the sea.

Gurnard 1866

The Rev. S.M. Mayhew.

The 1880 Brading Roman Villa dig report, published in the Journal of British Archaeology. (Brading report starts at the bottom of page 363) The report is referred to in Sir Barry Cunliffe’s Monograph.

BAS 1880 Brading Report

Hoard of Roman coins goes to villa collection

A RARE hoard of Roman coins found on a cliff face have been bought by Brading Roman Villa. Amateur fossil hunter and archaeologist Mick Green, of Military Road, Brighstone, made the 700-coin find at the top of a 100ft cliff near his home more than two years ago. The Island’s finds officer Frank Basford described the hoard as very significant because they were radiate coins featuring crowned figures. The silver coins, found inside a ceramic Roman pot, were struck during the reign of 13 emperors, dating between 253AD and 274AD.

Mr Green got his wish to see them remain on the Island when the villa’s support organisation, The Friends of Brading Roman Villa, bought them for £750 from the British Museum, to where treasure trove initially goes. Just over three quarters of the coins bear the heads of emperors of the Gallic Empire, with the remainder comprising emperors of the Central Empire. The hoard comprises coins called antoninianus — introduced in 215AD as a silver coin but debased to a copper alloy containing four per cent silver content in later years. The pot in which they were found, which has been carefully glued buck together, is an example of New Forest Ware.

The date range of the new acquisition covers the period when the villa’s aisled North Range was in use. Chris Piggott, chief executive officer at the villa, said: “It is an amazing hoard — incredibly rare and a significant find on the Island. We are seeking some grant funding so we can take pictures and blow them up to make them even more interesting.” The British Museum is undertaking a three-year study into later 3rd century British hoards, which will include the villa’s hoard.

Article by: Jon Moreno of IWCP

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Mick Green, right, who found around 700 Roman coins, with curator Mike Bishop at Brading Roman Villa

List of Officers & Trustees

Chairman: David Reeves

Vice-Chairman: Patricia Barber

Treasurer: John Bryant

Acting Membership Secretary: John Bryant

Head Guide: Patricia Barber

Garden Co-ordinator: John Hardy

Volunteers Co-ordinator: Alan Swanborough

Secretary: Christine Elliott

Volunteer Training Co-ordinator: Helen Jackson

President: Neville Carr

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