Crowds followed two centurions from the Deva Victrix guard as they marched through Congleton to bring the Knutsford and Malpas Hoards to Congleton Museum.
The exhibition hall was filled to capacity as Town Mayor, Cllr. David Brown, and Fiona Bruce MP received the treasure chest symbolising the arrival of these two regionally significant collections of Roman finds.
In welcoming guests and visitors Ian Doughty, Chair of Trustees, said that “this was an important day for the museum as it was the culmination of 18 months of hard work undertaken in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool and the Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure that these important discoveries remained in the area”. Inviting Cllr Brown to declare the exhibition open Mr Doughty expressed the hope that by displaying these and future finds the museum would be able to attract more visitors to the town.
Inviting those present to enjoy the day, the Mayor emphasised that this widening of the museum’s role into a centre for displaying the area’s archaeological finds would make a positive contribution to the town’s tourist potential. He also expressed the hope that the museum would be in its new home within two years.
During the day, over 180 people visited the exhibition and took the opportunity to learn about Roman life and in particular that of a Roman centurion.