October 1st, 2016

Bredon to keep treasure

Updated: 5:13 pm, May 06, 2015

THE LARGEST haul of treasure found in the county will remain in Bredon after a £5,000 grant was secured by Worcestershire County Council.

The conservation and display of the Bredon Hoard was kept safe by the archive and archaeology service at the council as they were given the funds from the Art Fund, through the Treasure Plus programme.

Bredon Hill hit the headlines in June 2011 when almost 4,000 Roman coins were discovered, with research showing the hoard was buried nearly a century after it was accumulated.

Conservation will start in September this year at the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

Lucy Hodgson, county council cabinet member for local and communities, said: “We are very grateful to the Art Fund and the supporting Headley Trust for recognising the importance of the Bredon Hoard not only from a local perspective but also for its national significance.

“Their grant will ensure local people and visitors to the county will be able to experience the hoard for years to come, as well as appreciate the conservation work as it takes place.

“We are also very grateful to the communities of Worcestershire who supported us in initially raising the money needed to acquire the hoard.

“We hope Worcestershire residents will take this opportunity to come and see the hoard as the decades of mud and soil are cleaned away.

“It is still amazing to think this was buried in the Worcestershire ground for 1800 years.”

Special open days will be held for visitors to watch the conservation work as it happens at the museum.

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