The removal of the Victorian wall cappings marks the start of the transformation at the villa. The Victorians built-up the Roman walls and capped them with tiles to protect the wall tops from rain and frost. The new cover building will sit on top of these walls.
If you visit you might see our team removing work done by the Victorians. Contractors removed the wall cappings under an archaeological watching brief to check no items of importance were lost in the process. An ecologist was also checking no bats were hiding in the nooks of the walls as sometimes they have been spotted there. All the salvageable tiles will be conserved and stored in an archive. The walls will be consolidated over the summer ready for the big build in 2011.