1,500 year old Anglo Saxon treasures discovered on the Isle of Wight by Victorians, and conserved by the British Museum, are returning to the Isle of Wight in a new exhibition at Carisbrooke Castle Museum.
They will be exhibited on the Isle of Wight for the first time, alongside objects from the Isle of Wight Heritage Service and English Heritage, which include finds excavated from within the Castle’s walls.
Far from being a sleepy backwater, in Anglo Saxon times the Isle of Wight was at the frontier of international trade in goods and ideas and the inhabitants created a rich material culture. Relatively little is known about the Anglo Saxon period – which came after the Romans and lasted for 600 years – making these treasures, all of which were excavated on the Island, all the more significant. The exhibition includes a range of objects including fine brooches, items used for religious ceremonies and weapons.
The loan of the items from the British Museum is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the Weston Loan Programme is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections.
‘Anglo Saxon Treasures of the Isle of Wight’ opens at Carisbrooke Castle Museum in February 2020.
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