This two-part exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Treasure Act and the founding of the Portable Antiquities Scheme with a display of Treasure objects from Derby Museums’ collection that were discovered by the public in the local area, such as beautiful medieval gold jewellery, a Viking silver ingot and hoards of Roman coins.
This exhibition forms part of the national ‘20 Years of Treasure’ celebrations organised in partnership with the British Museum.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a project across England and Wales to record archaeological objects discovered by the public and make them accessible to researchers and the public. To learn more, visit www.finds.org.uk.
The Treasure Act requires finders of Treasure (gold and silver objects, coin hoards and groups of pre-Roman objects) to report them to the Coroner, and this enables museums to acquire these important objects for their collections. For more information, visit www.finds.org.uk/treasure.
Part 1: Artefacts (September 23 2017 – February 4 2018)
Gold and silver jewellery, amulets and tokens of affection are at the focus of this part of the exhibition. Don’t miss the silver pendant that was also used as an ear scoop and a toothpick, or the brooch and ring inscribed with messages of love. There will also be a range of other fascinating objects on display that have been found and lent to the museum by members of the public, such as Roman slingshots and the pommel of a Viking sword.
Part 2: Coins and Coin Hoards (February 10 – April 22 2018)
We are thrilled to be displaying six hoards of coins from Roman Britain, the Middle Ages and the 19th century. The main highlight is the Ashbourne Hoard consisting of two very rare gold coins of Carausius, a Roman general who broke away from the Roman Empire to set up his own empire in Britain. These coins have never been displayed together. One of them is being borrowed from the British Museum especially for this exhibition. We will also be displaying a hoard discovered last year that contains three Cromford Dollars – Spanish American coins restamped for use by Cromford Mill to pay its workers. Alongside these hoards will be individual coins discovered by members of the public.
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