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Opulent gold items dating from the Bronze Age to the 20th century are used to explore the myriad of uses of this rare and precious and metal.

Beaten into thin leaves and applied to furniture and illuminated manuscripts, or cast and shaped into cups and boxes, gold has been put to use by artists in many different ways since it was first worked into decorative form over 5000 years ago. Not only is it a rare and precious material, it is incorruptible as it does not tarnish, leading it to become associated with the earthly and divine.

This exhibition in Bath brings together series of items from the impressive Royal Collection that celebrate the symbolic power of Gold and the way it has been used in art.

The Holburne Museum

Great Pulteney Street, Bath, Somerset, BA2 4DB

01225 388588


Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Free to all

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