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About The Malton Roman Museum

In the old Town Hall in the centre of Malton's Market Place lies the Malton Roman museum. It is different from most other museums in that Malton is run entirely by volunteers who give up their time to research and expand the museum's exhibits.

It is renowned for it's imaginatively displayed Roman Collection showing the sophisticated lifestyles of the Roman centurions and civilians who lived in the Malton fort, the town and the villas nearby.

The volunteers have gathered together artefacts from around Malton and placed them into the exhibition to give visitors an idea of how the Romans lived some 2,000 years ago. The museum is not static in that it has many practical activities many aimed at the younger visitor.

The museum was awarded a 'Highly Commended' by the Gulbenkian Awards in 1995 and the museum's Frank Wiggle says that the collection is 'highly regarded'.

Malton Museum holds an extensive collection of Roman artefacts, many from excavations within the site of the Roman fort, established during the governorship of Agricola AD77-83 and the settlement, the vicus, that grew up around it. Roman Malton has traditionally been identified with the Latin name Derventio, though many Romanists today believe it to be Delgovicia. (See J Creighton, Recent Research in Roman Yorkshire 1988)

The collection illustrates every aspect of Roman life in the region and documents two of Malton !"s earliest inhabitants, both members of the military. One of the soldiers, LUCIUS SERVENIUS SUPER, punched his name on his mess tin. The maker, ALPICVS stamped his name on the handle.

Useful information

  • Contact Mrs. P. Wiggle and ask for details of 'The Roman Legacy'. Special practical activities for Primary schools. Teachers Resource Pack and a free planning visit available. Pre-booking is essential to avoid multiple groups arriving at once.
  • To enter the building there are three stone steps with handrails in place. We are currently unable to provide access for wheelchairs and large prams.
  • Wheelchair access — Access to Roman gallery is by stairlift plus a small number of actual stairs.
    The ground floor is accessible by wheelchair.
  • Malton Museum consists of two exhibition rooms and an entrance lobby, all on the same level.
  • A large-print version of the exhibition text and captions is available from our Welcome Desk.


My thanks to Malton Museum and especially Frank Wiggle for their help in constructing this page
All photographs used © Malton Museum
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