On Thursday 5th December Elmbridge Museum accepted a very special new object into its collection – a fragment of a medieval brooch found in Cobham and Downside District Ward.
Medieval brooch fragment found in Cobham and Downside ward
We were pleased to welcome Dr Simon Maslin from the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) who delivered the object to its new home. PAS is responsible for recording archaeological objects found by members of the public across the country. It was founded in 1996 and became a department of the British Museum in 2006. Over the past twenty years nearly 1.5 million finds have been recorded on the PAS database and over 5000 objects donated to UK museums. One of the biggest national finds in recent years was the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, which is on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
We have been working with the Portable Antiquities Scheme over a number of years to find a home for archaeological treasures long buried in sites across Elmbridge. We have been the lucky recipient of several objects including a 17th century gold mourning ring once owned by Sir Francis Vincent of Stoke d’Abernon and an 11th century bridle cheekpiece in the Ringerike style, a late phase of Viking-age art.
Part of an 11th century bridle cheekpiece found in Elmbridge in 2005
We look forward to including these objects in future exhibitions and inspiring enthusiasts across the borough to dig a little deeper into the extraordinary history of Elmbridge.
To find out more about PAS and what has been found in your area visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.
Ellie Darton-Moore, Museum Community Engagement Manager