The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre
The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre housing the Trimontium Museum, is based in The Ormiston, The Square, Melrose and tells the story of A Roman Frontier Post and its People. Located on the ground floor, it has full disabled access to the displays.
A permanent display, originally entitled 'The Trimontium Exhibition', was opened by Andrew L Tulley Esquire, Provost of Ettrick and Lauderdale District Council in July 1991. The £30,000 was raised by the Trimontium Trust which was founded by local people in 1988 to promote interest in the site. An amateur exhibition, put on with the assistance of the National Museums, the Vindolanda Trust and interested individuals ran in the renovated Melrose Station building during the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
The Museum is open from the beginning of April to the end of October each year from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, seven days per week. It consists of a series of illustrated panels and modern artefact display cases; aerial photographs; artists' drawings; models; maps; the Newstead charger - to ride; a blacksmith's workshop; a Roman kitchen and pottery; replica armour; and a video room, now showing a Roman Frontiers video of Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall.
Should you wish, there is an audioguide narrated by the distinctive voice of Bill McLaren (of Borders and rugby fame) available on mp3 players, included with your admission. A downloadable version should be available for the 2011 season. more