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Save the Willingale Treasure

Funded on Spacehive 14 March 2018

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Save the Willingale Treasure

Save the Willingale Treasure

Epping Forest District Museum By Epping Forest District Museum

A medieval gold ring has been found in the parish of Willingale and we need you to help us keep it in the district freely accessible for current and future generations to enjoy.

Waltham Abbey Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 14 Mar 2018!

Epping Forest District Museum (EFDM) is launching an appeal to save a medieval gold ring found in the parish of Willingale before the item goes on sale on the open market. It is the first medieval gem set ring to be found in the district, and the first known finger-ring to be discovered in the parish of Willingale. The decoration is of an extremely high standard and, to the best of our knowledge, unique. In total £11,500 is needed to save the ring and buy a display case for the community ensuring it is on free public display for generations to come. The campaign has already received support from the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and SHARE Museums East and EFDM has committed funding from its reserves leaving £3000 to be raised. If the target’s reached the ring will go on public display in the museum’s newly renovated core gallery saving it for current and future residents to enjoy. If the funding is not raised, the ring may be sold on the open market and possibly leave the UK permanently.

What we'll deliver:

  • • We will purchase the medieval ring securing this important part of our local heritage for future generations to enjoy.
  • • Displaying it in a secure and accessible environment at the newly renovated Epping Forest District Museum.
  • • A purchase of such quality would reinforce local pride, and pride in EFDM's role as the source of community heritage.

Why it's a great idea:

Recently unearthed by a metal detectorist the ring is thought to date from c.1200-1399 and would have been worn by a wealthy medieval nobleman. It is a fine and very well preserved example of a medieval sapphire set finger ring; the maker is unknown however the craftsmanship demonstrates great skill and technical ability. It is the first ring of its type to be found within the district, the decoration is of extremely high standard and, to the best of our knowledge, unique. We are the only museum in the district that covers archaeology and social history and we also act as the archaeological depository for the area. Our remit is to tell the human history of the Epping Forest District. If successful in securing the ring we would not only ensure its long term preservation but also make it widely available to the public through free exhibitions, inclusion in our school education programme, public talks as well as the ring being made available for loan and research. [975 letters]

Steps to get it done:

  • Save the ring for the community of Epping Forest.
  • Purchase the display case
  • Put the ring on public display.

If you would like to know more about our campaign please get in touch with the team at the museum on [email protected] or 01992 716882.


Location Waltham Abbey

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Epping Forest District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,302

In total £11,500.00 is needed to purchase the ring and display it, we've raised £8,500 so far. - £3,000 (91%)
Other - £302 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

In total £11,500.00 is needed to purchase the ring and display it, we've raised £8,500 so far.
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £3,302

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