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

Frome hoard: Pot exposed and ready for excavationA 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 detectorist Dave Crist in April 2010, for the Museum of Somerset in Taunton.

Supporters are being urged to make a minimum donation of £15 to attend an evening dedicated to the hoard at Bishop’s Palace in Wells, where experts from the British Museum will discuss the theories behind the burial in front of examples from the 1,700-year-old find.

“This is our chance to help keep this extraordinary treasure on display in Somerset,” said Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar.

“The event in Wells is a great opportunity to find out more first-hand about this incredible find, and I very much hope it will help to raise significant funds towards the total needed.

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