(Photograph by John Moore)
On Friday 17th March, at the invitation of the Brading Roman Villa, a group of twenty five people went for a conducted tour. There were seventeen blind and partially sighted people and eight sighted guides. The driver and escort of the minibus also came inside to act as sighted guides and to take pictures.
Some people made their own way to the Villa, some arrived in the Society’s minibus and others were driven there by friends or relatives.
The group was met in the car park by Education Officer, Spencer Brown, who explained that the distance from the car park to the Villa was half the distance that the Villa was from the sea when it was first built.
This was the first of many snippets of interesting information that Spencer delivered throughout the visit.
The group then went into the café where Spencer began his enthusiastic introduction to the history of the Villa. An unhurried tour of the Villa then ensued with Spencer imparting information in his inimitable way, answering many questions from the IWSB party about the Villa and its occupants when it was built. On returning to the café, artefacts found on the Villa site were placed on the tables in order that guests could take refreshment and investigate the finds.
Estelle Thomas, CEO, thanked Spencer, on behalf of the Society, for putting on such a fascinating and insightful event for the group.
Photograph by John Moore
Photograph by Estelle Thomas