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Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain


Tour schedule

Peterborough Museum
12 October – 15 December 2019

Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight
29 June – 29 September 2019

Buxton Museum
13 April – 16 June 2019

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

Salisbury Museum
13 October 2018 – 5 January 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 highlight prehistoric, Roman, early medieval and later hoards.

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.

The touring exhibition has been produced in partnership with Salisbury Museum. With the support of the Dorset Foundation, the exhibition will travel to five UK venues from October 2018 until December 2019.