A British Museum and Salisbury Museum Partnership Exhibition, generously supported by the Dorset Foundation
Following on from the success of the Hoards display at the British Museum in 2016, this exhibition will visit museums across the UK to display and highlight their prehistoric, Roman, early medieval and later hoards. The touring exhibition has been produced in partnership with Salisbury Museum.
People have been placing metalwork and valuable objects in the ground and in water since the Bronze Age (c. 2200–800 BC). The exhibition looks at the varied and changing explanations for the burial and non-recovery of hoards. Whether accidentally lost or stolen, discarded as worthless, saved for recycling, hidden for safekeeping, or offered as gifts for the gods, their stories continue to fascinate. It will showcase recent discoveries of hoards reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure Act and brings together objects from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, including the spectacular Ipswich Iron Age gold torcs and new prehistoric and Roman finds from Wessex.