A British Museum and Salisbury Museum Partnership Exhibition
Following on from the success of the Hoards display at the British Museum in 2016, this partnership exhibition has visited museums across the UK as part of the British Museum’s National Programmes to display and highlight prehistoric, Roman, early medieval and later hoards. Peterborough is the final venue to showcase this amazing collection of finds, so please take the opportunity to visit whilst they are still available to enjoy!
People have been placing metalwork and valuable objects in the ground and in water since the Bronze Age (c. 2200–800 BC). The exhibition looks at the varied and changing explanations for the burial and non-recovery of hoards. Whether accidentally lost or stolen, discarded as worthless, saved for recycling, hidden for safekeeping, or offered as gifts for the gods, their stories continue to fascinate. It will showcase recent discoveries of hoards reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure Act and brings together objects from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, including the spectacular Ipswich Iron Age gold torcs and other Bronze Age finds from places such as Must Farm and Ely.
Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe
To coincide with our exhibition Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain, we are running a series of exciting talks. Tickets are £6 per talk and are available to purchase from Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery reception, by calling 01733 864663 or online via heritage bookings here.
Hoards at Bradley Fen and Must Farm in the Bronze Age Talk by Mark Knight, Cambridge Archaeology Unit
17 Oct 2019, 7.30pm l£6
Talking about the metalwork hoards from Bradley Fen and Must Farm - Mark brings together the wider Flag Fen Basin story of how our Bronze Age ancestors were living in the local area.
Snettisham Iron Age Hoards Talk by Jody Joy, Senior Curator at Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge
23 Oct 2019, 7.30pm l £6
The ‘Snettisham Treasure’ found in Norfolk, forms the largest deposit of gold, silver and bronze artefacts dating from the Iron Age found in Europe. Jody will explain what a ‘hoard’ means and explain examples from Snettisham.
Hoards: a Hidden History Talk by Eleanor Ghey, Curator, British Museum
6 Nov 2019, 7.30pm l £6
Eleanor will talk about the objects chosen for the ‘Hoards’ exhibition and what they mean. This British Museum exhibition has toured the British Isles and completes its journey here at the Peterborough Museum.
Roman Durobrivae and the Water Newton Treasure Talk by Stephen Upex, Archaeologist
21 Nov 2019, 7.30pm l £6
Stephen updates us on the latest archaeological investigations carried out at the local Roman town of Durobrivae. What is the significance of the hoards found here and what does the latest evidence tell us about the Durobrivae story?
The Mildenhall treasure: fine dining in Roman Britain Talk by Richard Hobbs, Curator, British Museum
27 Nov 2019, 7.30pm l£6
This large hoard of Roman silver vessels of the fourth century AD, is one of the most iconic finds from Roman Britain. This discovery became an overnight sensation when it was first displayed at the British Museum in 1946 and has since remained hugely popular.