Save the Dawlish Hoard
19 March 2019
RAMM has launched a fundraising campaign to buy, conserve and interpret the Dawlish Hoard. This treasure was discovered in 2017 by metal-detectorists in a boggy field near Dawlish. It had lain buried for about 3,000 years, since the late bronze age. The hoard consists of four gold bracelets (found deliberately folded up), eleven fragments of bronze ingot, two fragments of axe and a section of bronze sword. This combination of gold bracelets with bronze weapons and bronze ingots is unique in the British bronze age.
Appeal for support
“If RAMM can’t acquire the hoard then it may be sold off and never seen again,” says Tom Cadbury, RAMM Assistant Curator. To secure the Dawlish Hoard for the people of Devon we need to raise £12,000 to buy, conserve and interpret the treasure. The Friends of the Royal Albert Memorial Museums and Art Gallery (FEMAG) are spearheading the campaign and have committed £500 to the cause. Chair Alan Caig explains that “it is really important that we keep something of this quality and age in the area.”
Donations can be made online by visiting the Friends’ DONATE page or text GOLD to 70331 to give £3, to 70970 to give £5 and to 70191 to give £10.* Donations can also be made by cheque and phone: call 01392 265960 during opening hours (Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm). Cheques should be made out to FEMAG and posted to the Development Officer, RAMM, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3RX.
Unearthing prehistoric stories
“RAMM is all about making the heritage of this area accessible to local people. The display of the Dawlish hoard at RAMM will give visitors an intriguing insight into bronze age culture and societies; communities that are not only remote in time to our own, but display fascinatingly different attitudes and values”, says Tom. “We need to conserve it for the future and interpret it for the people of Exeter and Dawlish.”
Making your donation go further
Strong local support will help the museum unlock national grants. If 10% of the hoard’s value can be raised locally RAMM will be able to apply to a wider range of funders. Claire Bailey, Development Officer, explains “Small and large donations by many individuals recently enabled RAMM to secure the Seaton Down Hoard and allowed the story of the hoard to be explored by the local community. We hope that individual donors will also enable us to save the Dawlish Hoard.” Please help save this treasure for Devon. If the Friends of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery Trust raise too much or too little, your donation will be used to buy, conserve or interpret other museum objects.
Photos by Laura Burnett of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
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