October 1st, 2016

Historic Roman artifact hoard to go on display at the Almonry

Updated: 3:54 pm, Jun 17, 2016

A HISTORIC hoard of Roman artefects will be showcased at the Almonry as part of a packed summer of events.

The Bredon Hill hoard, discovered in 2011 on the slopes of Bredon Hill, is going on display at the venue in July.

A selection of the coins featuring 16 different Roman Emperors, along with the pot they were discovered in, will feature alongside the museum’s existing Roman collection.

The hoard dates back to the 3rd Century and was buried in a Severn Valley Ware jar around 70 years after it was collected.

The hoard is the largest ever found in Worcestershire and after its discovery was declared treasure by the Coroner’s Court under the Treasure Act 1996.

Ashleigh Jayes, Manager of the Almonry, said: “This is really exciting for us and a great opportunity to showcase our fantastic Roman collections alongside this important local find.”

Mayor of Evesham, Coun Fred Kaler, said: “This is an exciting venture for the Almonry and for Evesham.It showcases the historic diversity of the area that we are proud to celebrate in our town museum.’

Museums Worcestershire were able to raise the funds to buy the hoard and keep it in the county, where it has been on display at the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle.

A spokesperson said: “We’re delighted that part of the Bredon Hill Roman coin hoard will be displayed at the Almonry and really grateful for the support from the Art Fund which has made it possible.

The exhibition marks the start of a summer of events with a Roman and archaeology theme. Activities will include children’s art and craft actiivites, talks, workshops and family sessions.

For more information see the Almonry website which is being constantly updated www.almonryevesham.org or follow @almonryevesham on Twitter or search for Almonryevesham on Facebook.

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