CAN YOU HELP SAVE THE OLDEST GOLD TREASURE IN ESSEX
An ancient treasure from the time when Stonehenge had just been built has been unearthed in an Essex field – and Chelmsford Museum are appealing to the public to help save it. In 2016, a metal detectorist was searching a ploughed field in the Danbury area of Chelmsford when his device alerted him to metal nearby. Carefully removing the earth, he revealed something bright in the dark soil: a rolledup strip of shining gold. Like all gold and silver finds in England and Wales which are thought to be over 300 years old, the curled strip was sent to the British Museum to be inspected as ‘Treasure’. The specialist who examined it identified it as a diadem made from 95% gold, dating to the Bronze Age.
To buy and display the diadem, Chelmsford Museum must raise £3,000 by the end of October. The Friends of Chelmsford Museum have already generously committed £500 to the cause, but the museum is appealing to the public for the rest.