An Ancient Treasure Trove….. and its Free !


Another treat for all of us here in Derbyshire.  Following the da Vinci Exhibition in Derby, the tiny Museum and Art Gallery at Buxton, in the heart of the Peak District, has been honoured with a Visit of ‘The Hoards of Ancient Britain”. It is thanks to the British Museum and Salisbury Museum who have lent some of there Treasures to create this very special temporary Exhibition.

All the artefacts of Coins, Jewellery, and Torcs, many a rich glistening Gold are all so close at hand. The Exhibition is described as ‘the hidden treasures’ of Britain and indeed they once where. All the items have been discovered on professional Archaeological Digs, by Amateur Detectorists, but many by pure accident.  Many items have remained undiscovered since many centuries before the Roman invasion of Britain covered in mud carefully cleaned to reveal such splendour.   Many items were everyday objects such as coins, many rough and ready, but others like the Golden Torcs are works of craftsmanship that would be please even todays best jewellers.

For too many years it has been necessary if you wished to see such Treasures and Works of Art, that we would have had to travel to London.  Occasionally collections would be lent to other major Cities such as Birmingham, Manchester or Edinburgh…. but Derby and little old Buxton  – not a chance.  So we do hope that this is an enlightened trend that will spread to all other parts of the UK… and hopefully back here on home ground again. It has been a real treat and it has also been FREE… don’t get much better than that.

But before signing off for today…. please read the first paragraph of this display board.

I think you may find the message rather familiar today…  Yep, the wealthy few!


18th May

(C) David Oakes 2019