Corinium Museum's Joy As Appeal Hits Target

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Corinium Museum's Joy As Appeal Hits Target

A 20,000 campaign to keep a rare hoard of 3,000-year-old gold in the Cotswolds has reached its target, the Corinium Museum revealed today.

The Going For Gold appeal was launched last October by the Cotswold District Council-owned museum and staff were amazed by the response.

Public donations of 3,000 rolled in over just three months, enabling the museum to secure 17,000 worth of grant money form the MLA/V&A Purchase Fund, the Headley Trust, and the National Art Fund.

The Bronze Age hoard, which was unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast on land near Poulton in 2004, will be collected from the British Museum early next month.

It will then undergo conservation, before going on temporary display at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, this Spring. In September, it will go on permanent display in the museum's Prehistory Gallery in a new case, which is being specially made.

The 59 pieces of gold were declared treasure last year by the coroner and the proceeds of the sale will be split between the landowner and the finder.

The hoard, which is thought be dated between 1300 and 1150 BC, is the only such Bronze Age gold collection to be found in the Cotswolds. It consists of chopped items and fragments of gold, which are thought to have been buried by their owner - either to use again or as an offering of thanks to the gods.

Analysis of the hoard suggests that objects include fragments of jewellery, sheet gold-work and the tip of a bronze spearhead. It also contained bronze tools, which link the find to a goldsmith working in the Cotswolds more then 3,000 years ago.

Cotswold District Council's Portfolio holder for Leisure and Cultural Services, Cllr David Fowles, said: "We are thrilled with the success of the appeal, which has enabled us to buy the only known collection of Bronze Age gold-work from the Cotswolds.

"We'd like to thank everyone who donated money and hope they will come to see the hoard in its new home."

The Council's Curator of Museums, John Paddock, said: "It is very exciting to know that this important find will be coming to the Corinium Museum soon.

"Local donations were key to securing the grant funding - we couldn't have done it without the support of residents and visitors to the museum."

Posted : 29/01/2007 18:43:46

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