Roman Memorial commemorates the ancient remains discovered at a Warwick school - The Leamington Observer

Roman Memorial commemorates the ancient remains discovered at a Warwick school

A ROMAN memorial has been unveiled to commemorate ancient remains discovered beneath a Warwick school.

The memorial – As the Romans – takes pride of place on an outside wall of King’s High School.

The steel sculpture – inspired by Roman tablets and featuring an extract from a poem by one of the school’s Year 12 pupils – was unveiled by the High Sheriff of Warwickshire David Kelham.

In 2018, archaeologists discovered a 30 foot Roman barn and other artefacts during the construction of the school on the new Banbury Road site.

To celebrate the findings, Foundation Principal Richard Nicholson commissioned a sculpture by acclaimed artist Liz Middleton, who worked closely with King’s High pupils on the project.

King’s High headmaster Dr Stephen Burley said: “It was a great pleasure for us to welcome so many guests to King’s High to mark the formal opening of our Roman Memorial. It was a special occasion for us to thank everyone who has contributed to the Roman project, as our students have worked with several leading archaeologists, historians, poets and artists as they have explored the extraordinary discovery of an ancient building on the site of our school.

“We are looking forward to sharing more widely across the community our insights into the ancient lives, families and people who inhabited the site on which our school now stands.”

Liz added it had been a privilege to be part of an “extraordinary story”.


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