See a rare brooch at Ely before it goes back to the British Museum

Ely Museum, exhibition , Ædwens brooch, Custodian, and member of the Community Project, Kerri Wilson

Ely Museum, exhibition , Ædwens brooch, Custodian, and member of the Community Project, Kerri Wilson, - Credit: Archant

Ely museum is offering the last chance for people to see an historic brooch which is on loan from the British Museum.

Ely Museum, new exhibition , Ædwen’s brooch,

Ely Museum, new exhibition , Ædwen’s brooch, - Credit: Archant

The exhibition, which focuses on a spectacular silver brooch on special loan from the British Museum collections, has proven hugely popular with visitors.

Edwen’s brooch is a unique silver disc brooch from the Anglo-Saxon period (11th Century) which was found in a field in Sutton and is now part of the collection of the British Museum.

Ely Museum Curator Elie Hughes said: “We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with the British Museum on this exhibition.

“It’s been fascinating drawing together the different stories around the mysterious brooch with the help of people from Sutton.”


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Sutton’s Silver in Ely Ædwen’s brooch: The mystery of Sutton’s Silver closes to the public on Sunday October 18.

Between July 2015 and October 2015 the brooch has been on display at Ely Museum as part of a temporary exhibition which has been organised in collaboration with a number of residents of Sutton.

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Ædwen’s brooch was buried with a number of coins from the period of William the Conqueror, a silver disk and five gold rings.

All the other objects are now missing, and haven’t been seen since the early 18th century.

The brooch was also mysteriously missing for centuries before it was brought to the British Museum.

Ely Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Entry is £4.50 for adults and £4.00 for concessions, £1 for children and under 5’s are free. Tickets are valid for one year.

This exhibition has been made possible with funding from the Museum Development Fund, support from the British Museum and the SHARE scheme.

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