About Us

Situated overlooking Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight, Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK.

Our award-winning Visitor Centre and Museum offer unique insights into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology. It’s a great day out rain or shine.

Also enjoy our award winning Forum Café which serves local food and drink and is open to all-year-round, whether you are visiting the museum or not.

The heritage site is owned and operated by the Oglander Roman Trust (Registered Charity 1128326)

Inspirational Brading Roman Villa

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My name is Michael Fulford and I am a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading and a Trustee of Oglander Roman Trust.  Some sixty or so years ago…

The Antonine Plague

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The Antonine Plague of 165 to 180 AD, also known as the Plague of Galen (after Galen, the physician who described it), was an ancient pandemic brought to the Roman Empire by troops…

Remembering Ambrosia

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One of the mosaics at Brading, is believed to represent Ambrosia who was turned into a grape vine to save her from the unwelcome attentions of King Lycurgus.  At Brading…

The Gallus Mosaic

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This weeks post discusses the origins and symbolism of the cockerel headed figure in one of our mosaic floors.  This mosaic is particularly special as its the only known one…