Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain

A British Museum and Salisbury Museum Partnership Exhibition

Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation


Tour schedule

Salisbury Museum 
13 October 2018 – 5 January 2019

Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland 
18 January – 31 March 2019

Buxton Museum  
13 April – 16 June 2019

Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight 
28 June – 28 September 2019

Peterborough Museum 
October – December 2019

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Following on from the success of the Hoards display at the British Museum in 2016, this exhibition will visit museums across the UK to display and highlight their prehistoric, Roman, early medieval and later hoards. The touring exhibition has been produced in partnership with Salisbury Museum.

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 new prehistoric and Roman finds from Wessex.

With the support of the Dorset Foundation, the exhibition will travel to five UK venues from October 2018 until December 2019.

The Westerham hoard, a hoard of gold Iron Age coins found inside a hollow flint in 1927 © The Trustees of the British Museum