Significant funding to exhibit lots of unearthed tiny treasures will increase knowledge of Cornish history
The finds, made mostly by amateur archaeologists and members of the public, include the hoard of a Bronze Age metalworker from St Buryan and a collection of Roman coins found at Luxulyan.
Other gems include a Bronze Age gold twisted torc neck ring, bronze axes, bronze brooches, a bronze razor, an Iron Age coin from Brittany, Roman gold jewellery, Anglo-Scandinavian stirrup strap mounts, a Medieval silver seal matrix, a rare Medieval silver piedfort or reckoning counter, post-Medieval silver gilt dress hooks.
The exhibition, which is at the Royal Cornwall Museum, has been made possible by a significant grant from the Art Fund, with support from The Headley Trust.
Anna Tyacke, the Portable Antiquities Scheme finds liaison officer for Cornwall, said: “Many thousands of artefacts have been brought to me at the Royal Cornwall Museum by members of the public to record on to the PAS database. The finds have been recovered from the ground in a variety of different ways, including metal detecting, gardening or even whilst walking the dog on the beach or coastal path. Several of the objects are made of precious metals but all of the finds, including the base metalwork, pottery, glass, flint and stone implements, are valuable for the contribution they make to our understanding of Cornwall’s past. Thanks to the Art Fund’s Treasure Plus funding programme, we are now able to conserve and display some of these finds for visitors to the museum to enjoy.”
The Art Fund’s Treasure Plus funding programme helps museums to make the most of their artefacts, so that they are best used, enjoyed and appreciated by visitors.
The RCM grant was one of the largest to any museum in the country. RCM is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.45pm.
Entry is free for under-18s, members of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, and National Art Pass and Museums Association members. Adult admission is £4.50 for an annual pass. For further information visit royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk
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