Covering almost 4000 years of changing fashions, this exhibition presents the jewellery worn by the people of Essex through time.
From Bronze Age torcs to modern bling, people have adorned themselves with jewellery for thousands of years. Despite changing styles, the desire to express ourselves through the objects we wear has remained the same.
Nowadays personal adornment is not just limited to jewellery, the rise in popularity of tattoos and piercings has provided another way for people to adorn themselves. This exhibition gives visitors the chance to meet modern makers and local people to discover the inspiration and personal stories of love, friendship, loss and status behind the jewellery we wear.