About 9,000 school children visit the villa every year
A £3m scheme designed to protect an internationally-important collection of 4th Century mosaics at Chedworth Roman villa has been announced.
The villa, near Yanworth in Gloucestershire attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year.
The plan will see a new shelter built over the west range of the villa where the mosaics are currently only partially protected from the weather.
The National Trust will submit a bid for funding to the heritage lottery.
Once completed, visitors would be able to view the mosaics and other remains by walking directly above them on suspended walkways.
Further mosaics would be uncovered with the help of university students and the public invited to view the excavation and conservation work and take part in workshops.
A key element of the project is a new learning centre for 30 young people.
About 9,000 school children visit the villa every year to learn about the Romans.
Domestic life in late Roman-Britain would be recreated with figures projected onto walls and simulated sounds and smells of Roman pursuits including dining and bathing.
The small museum on the site would also be improved and developed into an interactive Centre for Victorian Discovery.
Visitor Services Manager at Chedworth, Mark George, said: "I believe that this investment into Chedworth would really bring the villa back to life and give our visitors the chance to see what life was like in late Roman Britain."
The National Trust is asking the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £700,000 towards the project. It has also committed significant funds and aims to raise a further £500,000.
If planning permission is granted and the lottery bid successful the project is expected to start in March 2010 with the first phase of excavation in the summer.