To celebrate the installation of our unique, replica mosaic in the recently renovated Roman villa, we are excited to announce that we’ve developed a free, online education resource aimed at years 3 and 4 explaining all about the art of mosaic making!
This resource is designed to help teachers and students to better understand the process of making mosaics, and their importance as a means of display. The website is designed to guide teachers and their pupils through the mosaic making process with step-by-step guides, teacher resources, and suggested class activities.
The mosaic floor in the Butser Roman villa is a volunteer project, kindly part-funded by a grant from South Downs National Park Sustainable Communities Fund, that started last year to install a hand-laid, close reproduction of the 4th century AD mosaic floor that graced the original Sparsholt villa, that the Butser Ancient Farm villa is based on. The project is part of a larger initiative to refurbish the villa and enhance it as a living representation of 4th century Roman Britain.
The Butser mosaic will be completed during this coming Easter period and visitors to the site will be invited to come and help install some of the final tesserae tiles! (weekdays from Tuesday 9th April to Thursday 18th April, sessions between 11am -12pm and 1pm till 2pm)
While aimed principally at years 3 – 4, the fun, visual resource is available as a free resource for anyone to enjoy. You can find the website here; www.butserromanmosaic.wordpress.com