Mold gold cape

National Museums Wales, Cardiff 
2 July – 4 August 2013

Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives  
7 August – 14 September 2013

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The summer of 2013 saw one of the British Museum’s prize objects make a short tour of Wales. The second stop, Wrexham, lies close to where the cape was originally discovered in 1833.

As the cape was found in pieces and distributed among the finders a detective-like process by the BM to track down and acquire the fragments took over a century, with some still not located. Since the cape was reconstructed back to its former shape in the early 1950s it has been one of the Museum’s most prized objects and has prompted much discussion towards the existence of a prosperous and technologically advanced Bronze Age society in the area it was discovered.

The cape is a hugely important object, both in Wales and internationally, and the development of the tour in partnership with NMW and Wrexham enabled these partner museums to provide Welsh audiences access to an object of deep national significance, and to add an important perspective to the discourse surrounding the cape and gold production and mining in North Wales. The exhibition proved exceptionally popular with high visitor numbers recorded at both venues; over 1,600 visitors visited Wrexham in the first 4 days of opening, averaging a 375% increase in normal attendance. One family are even noted as having flown from Dubai to visit the cape whilst on display in their home town.

 

Opening night of the Mold Gold Cape at Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives
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