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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 August 2006, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Cash helps Roman villa come alive
Drawing courtesy Bristol City Council: Kings Weston Roman villa
Mosaics and information panels will remain at the villa after the project
Young people from an inner city area of Bristol are to bring a Roman villa in the midst of the community to life.

A grant of 25,000 has been made by the Young Roots stream of the Lottery for the project at Kings Weston.

Roman Roots will allow young people aged 13-20 to tell the story of life in the villa, from dinner parties and hot baths to mosaics and a murder mystery.

The villa was discovered during the excavation of Lawrence Weston housing estate in 1947.

Teams will use the web, film and 3D reconstructions and create live shows depicting life in the Roman villa.

Permanent display

Steve Griffiths, chairman of the Young Action Committee in Lawrence Weston, said: "The villa will become open to the community and, equally importantly, it will awaken the youth to their inheritance."

A drama production will be performed at Kings Weston Roman Villa on Saturday 9 September as part of Doors Open Day.

Some of the young people will create illustrations of the villa, a model of its interior and modern mosaics which they will take to local primary schools.

The drama team will also provide guided tours and make illustration panels explaining the history of the building which will be at the villa on display from December.

The project will culminate in an open day for the local community in Spring 2007, and the mosaic and panels will remain on the site for all visitors to enjoy.

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