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Nantwich Museum Seeks to Acquire Local Prehistoric Hoard

In 2011, the Museum acquired the medieval Hurleston Brooch through local donations and grants. As an Accredited Museum, it has now been offered the opportunity to purchase a Late Bronze Age Hoard consisting of seven objects around 3000 years old.

Hurleston Brooch, part of Nantwich Museum Treasure Collection acquired in 2011

The hoard was found at Wrenbury and is available at a total cost of £690, which the Museum is seeking to secure through donations.

The most valuable item is a gold penannular ring, otherwise known as a “hair-ring” or “ring-money” and is believed to have been worn for personal adornment probably on the ears or nose. The remaining items are unusual consisting of various copper alloy fragments, one being ring-like, but of uncertain function and all requiring further research. The items fall under the Treasure Act, 1996, the fragments by virtue of the fact that they were associated with the gold ring and consist of two base metals.

Penannular ring part of Wrenbury hoard
Kate Dobson, Manager, Nantwich Museum

Museum Manager, Kate Dobson, commented: “The hoard would make a lovely addition to the Museum’s ‘Treasures of Nantwich’ exhibition, which has gradually been developed over the years to include Roman, Saxon and Tudor artefacts, but the Museum must find the £690”.

She invited donations towards the cost, which can be made through the Museum’s website or directly to the Museum.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum (01270-627104) via email (enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk), their websiteFacebook page or Twitter.