A NEW exhibition which tells the story of a lost Roman site has opened in Holt.

Earlier this month, Hidden Holt: The Story of a Roman Site, was finally revealed at Wrexham Museum in the first new exhibition since coming out of lockdown.

The title, Hidden Holt, is a reference to the nationally important Roman site hidden beneath the surface of the fields to the north-west of the popular border village.

The village of Holt has long celebrated its links with the Roman Empire and the village was once referred to as ‘Castle Lyons’, which was thought to derive from an older name meaning castle or camp of the legions.

The exhibition reveals the story of how this once lost Roman site was re-discovered in the early 20th century and excavated in the years prior to the First World War.

It showcases the many finds from these excavations, most of which have not been displayed in north-east Wales for over a century.

Hidden Holt is a joint project between Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Holt Local History Society, Wrexham Glyndwr University and Wrexham Museum.

The exhibition also includes:

• The Esclusham Hoard – a treasure trove of amazing Roman coins found near Wrexham and on display in the town for the first time ever.

• a video presentation on Hidden Holt produced by students at Wrexham Glyndŵr University involving drone footage and colourized images of the 1907–15 excavation thanks to the skills and hard work of a small group of young graphic designers.

• Children’s trail and gallery activities

• Roman Holt selfie stand for those who would like to record their visit to Wrexham Museum

• A living history event on the museum forecourt on August 21st in collaboration with Roman Tours and Park In The Past.

Hidden Holt is on show until January 29, 2022.