Norfolk treasure named Britain’s favourite new museum artefact

Started by gash, December 19, 2018, 02:59:19 pm

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An Anglo-Saxon gold treasure unearthed by a student while metal-detecting in Norfolk has been named the UK's museum acquisition of the year in a national poll.

Norfolk Museums Service's Winfarthing Pendant has been named as the winner of Britain's favourite work of art acquired for a museum with Art Fund support in 2018.

A public poll saw more than 5,000 people vote for their favourite. The nationally-significant Anglo-Saxon gold treasure, was found by archaeology student Tom Lucking while metal-detecting at Winfarthing, near Diss, in December 2014.

Recognizing he had discovered an undisturbed grave, he left the burial intact until it could be excavated by archaeologists from Norfolk County Council's Find Identification and Recording Service, based at Gressenhall.

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