An Anglo-Saxon necklace and Celtic mirror are among the remarkable exhibits returning home to Kettering in this exhibition at the Manor House Museum.
The three highlights of the exhibition were found in the borough of Kettering and return home for the first time since they were donated to the British Museum in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.
The 1500-year-old Desborough necklace was found in 1876 in a graveyard by workmen – they originally broke it into six pieces to share amongst themselves before being persuaded to hand them over; the Desborough mirror, one of the finest examples of Celtic art, would have been a powerful object in a world where reflections could only be glimpsed in water; and the Kettering hockey player is a unique and intriguing depiction of a Roman sportsman.
These objects are complemented by beautiful, precious and interesting items from the Manor House Museum’s own collection. From an Iron-age sword to a bejewelled Roman hair pin, the museum collection tells the history of the borough through the passions and treasured objects of the people who lived there.
This exhibition is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.