The Duke of Gloucester has become patron of the Trimontium Trust as the museum it oversees begins a renovation project to be completed next year.
“It is a great honour for the Trust to have a patron of such high standing,” said John Reid, the chairman of Trimontium Trust.
“Trimontium is one of the most important Roman sites in the UK and His Royal Highness will help us raise awareness of the importance of the unique Roman and native hillfort heritage in the Scottish borders, which is home to not only the important Roman site of Trimontium, but one of the highest concentrations of Iron Age hillforts in Europe.”
The Trimontium Museum was opened in 1991 to showcase the history of Roman Scotland in the Melrose area, and features “artefacts from the original excavation at the beginning of the last century including tools used by soldiers to build the fort that look exactly like their modern counterparts,” according to its official website.
The Trimontium Museum also features Roman glassmaking and pottery examples, and replicas of armour, blacksmith tools and a kitchen, along with maps and models to show how the Romans lived in Scotland 2,000 years ago.
The Trimontium Trust was formed nearly 30 years ago at a time when a proposed bypass through the museum was defeated and interest was renewed in the historical site. The Trust is entirely volunteer-run, and works to “tell the story of Roman Scotland and especially explore the mysteries of the fort,” according to its official website.
“The Trust has a major commitment to curating and leading guided walks to the site and also delivering an active education programme to schools and the wider public centred on its museum in Melrose,” the website continues.
On their Facebook page, the Museum welcomed the news of its new patron with a message: “We are very pleased to be able to announce our new Royal Patron – HRH The Duke of Gloucester, who becomes our first ever Royal Patron. The appointment comes at an important time for us as construction starts next month on our Museum Renovation project.”