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Roman Heritage Centre

(Trimontium Museum)

Roman Heritage Centre, Ormiston Institute, Melrose
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Roman Heritage Centre, Ormiston Institute, Melrose

The Roman Heritage Centre (also known as the Trimontium Museum) is located in the Ormiston Institute in Melrose (Scottish Borders). It highlights early Romano-native existence in this part of Scotland. Its particular concern is the Roman site which lies 1¼ miles (2 km) east beyond the village of Newstead, in the lee of the three Eildon Hills (hence Trimontium). The museum opened in 1991, replacing an amateur exhibition, and has subsequently developed to incorporate artefacts, models of the site, a blacksmith's workshop, a Roman kitchen and pottery and replica armour. Displays describe life in and around the Trimontium Fort between AD 80 and AD 185, through the use of descriptive panels, photographs and artist's impressions. The museum is run by the Trimontium Trust, which supports educational aims through a regular programme of lectures and walks.

The Ormiston Institute was built in 1882 following a bequest by Melrose resident Charles Walter Ormiston. On the front of the building is a grand memorial clock, erected by the grateful patients of physician and surgeon John Meikle (d.1892).

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