‘Local Treasures: The British Museum comes to Kettering’, opens at the Manor House Museum in Kettering on Saturday 22 September 2018 and runs until Saturday 12 January 2019.
Stars of the exhibition are three world class items which were found in the borough of Kettering. They have not been back since they were discovered and donated to the British Museum in the late 19th and early 20th century. They are:
The Desborough necklace – an early Saxon gold necklace
The Desborough mirror – Celtic period
The Kettering hockey player – a unique Roman pottery mould
The mirror and necklace are usually on permanent display at the British Museum – such is their quality. The exhibition will also include other archaeological finds from the area – looking at objects that are not only familiar to us today but were also used in the past.
There is no charge for entry and there will be a programme of free events on offer.
The grant money comes from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, this fund supports the sharing of art and objects that are held in national collections with wider audiences.
Additional funding for the exhibition has been granted by Museum Development East Midlands and Kettering Borough Council.
Anyone wanting regular updates as the exhibition approaches can visit www.ThisisKettering.com/LocalTreasureswhere you can sign up to receive the Local Treasures eNewsletter. You can also find out more by calling the Museum on 01536 534 219.