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Curating a museum is so much more than looking after old things. It’s about telling stories – and we’ve got an amazing one for you about buried treasure. A local metal detectorist was searching a ploughed field in Little Baddow, Chelmsford, when his device alerted him to metal nearby. Removing the earth, he revealed something bright amongst the dark soil: a rolled-up strip of shining Bronze Age gold (2500BC). Possibly the earliest piece of metalwork in Essex! If unwound, the gold strip — a Diadem — would go around someone’s head and would have belonged to a powerful person . The rolling-up suggests it was ritually ‘decommissioned’ – perhaps even buried with its owner. Chelmsford Museum needs to raise £3,000 to save the diadem, commission an unrolled replica and ensure the exhibit takes pride of place in the newly renovated museum. With your help, we can keep it on free public display in our stunning new First Settlers experience room.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Chelmsford Museum strives to give local residents ownership and pride in their heritage and a strong sense of community. Storytelling is a vital component of this work. The purchase of the Diadem doesn't just unearth another artefact for our museum collections — but a significant story about out city's history too. There may be decoration on the inside, but the Diadem cannot be unrolled or it could be damaged forever. Perhaps future technology will allow us to unroll or see inside it. In the meantime, funding will allow us to pass the diadem to a metal analyst to tell us more about its origins. The diadem is dated to the very start of the Bronze Age and one of the earliest pieces of metalwork in Essex, from a time when people were just beginning to use copper and gold — it is an extremely rare find. Our archaeological displays are currently undergoing a Lottery-funded refurbishment, so the timing of this acquisition is perfect. It can take pride of place in the new display.
Steps to get it done:
If you would like to know more about our campaign please get in touch with the team at the museum on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01245 605700 There are some rewards available for those who donate: £All Amounts – Name to appear on a roll of honour on a touchscreen near the Bronze Age case once the museum reopens next summer The first 60 people to donate £25 or more will receive an invitation to a private view of the Diadem before opening and a talk by a Bronze Age specialist from the British Museum £100+ An invitation to the media launch of the newly redeveloped Chelmsford Museum – be first to see the new displays and to walk through the story of Chelmsford from the Ice Age to the current day Business sponsorship – Talk to us! There is an opportunity for one organisation to sponsor to this exhibit. In return the sponsor will receive a plaque next to the item alongside the Friends of the Museum, an opportunity to speak at the private view and a public thanks in subsequent PR.
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