Anglo-Saxon gold ring showing a bird of prey bearing a cross
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Saffron Walden Museum
 
Culture24 reports today that –
 
An urgent public fundraising appeal to save five precious archaeological treasures at Saffron Walden Museum, including a large gold ring from the age of the famous Sutton Hoo finds, engraved with pagan and Christian symbols, needs a “final push” to reach its target.
 
Found in Uttlesford since 2011, the gleaming collection includes a mysterious silver mount of glass-eyed animals, a 9th century tag showing four creatures cavorting, a Gallo-Belgic coin and a ring from the Tudor or Jacobean period. The Museum Society, which expects to largely meet the £60,000 asking price through grants, still needs to raise £5,000 in public donations.
 
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to enrich the archaeology displays,” said Tony Watson, the Chair of the Society. “With the Anglo-Saxon gold ring, we have the chance to bring a really special object of regional and national significance home to north-west Essex, where it was found.
 
Carolyn Wingfield, the curator of the museum, said, “The main effort is evidently for the Anglo-Saxon gold ring. Thanks to great support from national grant-giving organisations and local efforts we are nearly there. The other three [artefacts] are all at different stages of the treasure valuation and acquisition process, but we need to continue local fundraising towards these after we have resolved the immediate cases of the rings.”
 
Telephone Saffron Walden Museum on 01799 510333 to donate or for further information. Follow the Museum on Twitter @UttlesfordDC and Facebook.
 
Full article here.