The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels
11 October 2013 – 27 April 2014
For the first time in one hundred years, the mysterious secrets of this 17th century treasure are revealed.
Workmen excavating a cellar near Cheapside in 1912 stumbled upon this now infamous hoard of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery, which includes bejewelled rings, brooches, fan holders and scent bottles.
This exhibition, which displays the treasure in its entirety for the first time in more than a century, utilises new research to shed light on who might have owned the hoard, why it was hidden and why it has never been reclaimed.
One particular intaglio – a gemstone with an engraved design – has proved instrumental in unlocking the hidden secrets of the hoard.
Emblazoned with the heraldic badge of William Howard, the first and only Viscount Stafford, this key item is the latest datable among the entire collection.
This crucial piece information, coupled with damage at the excavation site caused by the Great Fire of London, means researchers can conclude the treasure was buried between 1640 and 1666.
Intrigued? Learn more about the spectacular items in the hoard with our five must-sees.