Roman treasures on public display

Roman legionary's tombstone found at Alchester near Bicester in 2003.
Roman legionary's tombstone found at Alchester near Bicester in 2003.

Visitors can step back through 2,000 years of north Oxfordshire’s past at the free Bicester History and Archaeology Exhibition on Saturday, September 28.

On public display for the first time will be the Alchester Roman Tombstone – the earliest recorded personal details of any Oxfordshire resident so far discovered.

Also included will be artefacts excavated during the recent dig at the site of Bicester Priory Church in Priory Lane, and a rare example of a Roman writing tablet recovered from Langford Village.

The event will feature the official launch of the new Bicester Museum and Heritage Association.

The new organisation is working towards getting charity status and forming a trust, with the eventual aim of founding a museum and heritage centre in Bicester.

Exhibits will cover family history, local history publications and previously-unseen pictures and photographs of the town.

Bicester Local History Society will display the town’s Georgian fire engine and their recently-published book Bicester Through Time. Visitors can also buy the society’s new oral history DVD, Bygone Bicester – The Town We Remember.

Bicester Home Guard Living History Group will display equipment and military vehicles in Sheep Street, and representatives of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum will be present.

The event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall in Sheep Street.