Hoards: A Hidden History of Ancient Britain

The Salisbury Museum

13 October 2018 – 5 January 2019

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This exhibition of hoards examines why ancient people placed precious objects underwater and in the ground from the Bronze Age onwards.

The Westerham hoard, a hoard of gold Iron Age coins found inside a hollow flint in 1927

In partnership with the British Museum, this exhibition aims to reveal some of the fascinating stories behind the headlines of buried treasure, with displays of hoards from across the British Isles.

The history of hoarding is traced from Bronze weapons discovered in the river Thames and the first Iron Age coin hoards, through to hoards buried after the collapse of Roman rule in Britain and in more recent times.

The display showcases recent discoveries reported by finders and archaeologists through the Treasure Act and brings together objects from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, including the spectacular Ipswich Iron Age gold torcs and new prehistoric and Roman finds from Wessex.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 12noon – 5pm (May – Sept)
Bank Holidays, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25 – 26 Dec, and 1 Jan

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