Tag Archive: British Museum

Medieval gold brooch dug up in Oxfordshire is declared treasure

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A Medieval gold brooch dug up in a farmer’s field but “good enough to wear today” was one of a host of precious finds from Oxfordshire declared treasure today. The rectangular brooch, dating from AD 1230 to 1350, will now be valued by a panel at the British Museum along with other treasures from around…

Rare chance to see beauty of Wiltshire medieval church chalices

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The Lacock Cup, which is now in the British Museum after being bought from St Cyriac’s Church for £1.3m, goes on public display at Salisbury Museum this spring. Alongside it are three other medieval chalices from Wiltshire churches: the silver parcel-gilt, late 15th century chalice from St Mary’s Church, Codford; a 16th century silver gilt…

Medieval treasures unearthed in south Derbyshire field

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A medieval gold ring, along with a silver pendant, found in a South Derbyshire field could go on show to the public. The finds by metal detectorist Philip Jackson could be staying in the county after the Derby Museum and Art Gallery expressed an interest in them. A treasure inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire…

British Museum to acquire £1.3m Lacock cup from church

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A Wiltshire church has been told it can sell an “extremely rare” £1.3m silver medieval chalice to the British Museum. The Lacock Cup, which dates back to the 1400s, was loaned to the museum from St Cyriac’s Church in Lacock in 1962. The church now wants to sell the cup to raise funds for repairs,…

Rare Medieval Treasure Goes on Display at Epping Forest District Museum

A recently acquired rare medieval mount has gone on display at Epping Forest District Museum, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL. The mount was the subject of a Coroners inquest reported in the press in August 2010. The late-medieval silver-gilt crucifix was discovered in February 2009, by local metal detectorist, Craig Carter while searching in…

Badge dug up in field is medieval treasure

A scrap of twisted silver found a few weeks ago by a metal detector in Lancashire will take its place among masterpieces of medieval art at the British Museum, in an exhibition opening this week of the bejewelled shrines made to hold the relics of saints and martyrs. The badge made of silver found by…

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe

For those who consider museum-going a secular religion, here’s a meta-experience: “Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe” opens Feb. 13 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and features 133 objects linked to medieval Europe’s pilgrims – the ones who worshiped saints’ remains the way we worship the “Mona Lisa.” Co-organized…

Experts to meet public at Medieval Bishop’s Palace in bid to raise £320,000 for Frome Hoard

A public appeal to save the largest Roman coin hoard ever found in Britain will host a major fundraising event at a Medieval palace in Somerset later this month. The Art Fund needs to raise £320,250 by February 19 to buy the Frome Hoard, a buried pot of more than 52,000 coins found by metal…

Medieval crucifix may stay in Dorset

A medieval crucifix discovered by a treasure hunter may find a permanent home in the county. At a treasure trove inquest, West Dorset coroner Michael Johnston said the artefact was found by John Sharp in a ploughed field at farmland near Winterborne Kingston in January. Mr Johnston said that Mr Sharp, from Shirley Road, Parkstone,…

‘Treasures of Heaven’ exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Art

Art museums are victims of their own success, although it’s hard to feel sorry for them. To curry favor at the box office, they’ve convinced a generation of visitors that blockbuster exhibitions are defined by how many Egyptian mummies or paintings by Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso they can corral in one place. “Treasures of…

Warminster soldier finds medieval ring with metal detector

A Warminster soldier who unearthed what he thought was a ring from a Christmas cracker is ‘gobsmacked’ to learn it is in fact a medieval ring which is now being evaluated by the British Museum. The ring was the first find of novice metal detectorist David Iles, who has been in the Army for 27…

Medieval book looted during war to go back to Italy

A 12th century manuscript will be returned to Italy from the British Library thanks to a new law governing artwork looted during the Nazi era. The Beneventan Missal, which is thought to have been stolen from Benevento’s Metropolitan Chapter during the Allied bombing of Italy in 1943, will be given back to the city of…

A New Theory on the Origin of the Lewis Chessmen

The Lewis Chessmen are the most famous and important chess pieces in history. They have a long historical and scholarly record, part of which is that they were made in Norway roughly 800 years ago. But now two Icelandic men are challenging that belief and trying to prove that the pieces came from their country….