Natalie McCaul, Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum, with the gold torc (right) that the Museum is hoping to buy and reunite with one found metres from it at Towton (left) already in the Museum’s collection

Dan Bean, writing in The Press yesterday, reports that –

GOLD jewellery thought to be 2,000-years-old could leave North Yorkshire, if essential funds can not be raised. The gold torcs, or bracelets, are currently on show at the Yorkshire Museum, and are the first items of Iron Age gold jewellery ever found in the north of England. Both pieces were discovered in Towton, near Tadcaster, by metal detectorists in 2010 and 2011, and are believed to have belonged to an extremely wealthy member of the Brigantes tribe, which ruled most of North Yorkshire at the time.
 
The first torc was bought by the museum in January 2012 for £25,000 raised through a public appeal, and the second torc has just been valued at £30,000. About half the funds have already been donated through a local charity, but the museum has until the end of October to raise the rest and keep the items together in North Yorkshire.
 
Full article here.
 
Both torcs will be on show at the Yorkshire Museum until 13 October 2013. To donate to a fund to keep the torc in Britain please visit the Yorkshire Museum website or phone (01904) 687671.