News: New major exhibition Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery to open at the Museum of London Docklands

The mystery surrounding the Havering Hoard has been kept under wraps for longer than intended but now the Museum of London Docklands can confirm that London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard will go on display to the public for the very first time from 11 September.

As part of the museum’s new major exhibition, Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery, visitors will have the chance to dig deep and unearth the intriguing mystery of 453 bronze objects, dating between c.900 and c.800 BC.

Consisting of weapons, tools and other unusual objects rarely found in the UK, this internationally significant find was uncovered during a planned archaeological investigation in Havering towards the end of 2018. Its deliberate placement and close proximity to the Thames raises a number of questions around who buried the hoard, for what reason and why it was never recovered.

With all 453 objects on display alongside objects from the museum’s collection, the exhibition will explore these questions and paint a picture of life during the Late Bronze Age when the land where London now exists was a very different place.

Kate Sumnall, Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of London, said: “We are delighted to display, for the first time ever, the Havering Hoard in its entirety as part of our new major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands. This is a hugely significant archaeological find that adds valuable new information into a fascinating moment of London’s past. However, it also raises a number of intriguing questions around its burial and the people behind it. The exhibition starts with the moment of discovery and visitors will be taken on a journey back through time exploring the stories the Hoard can tell us. The museum has been hard at work during its closure to deliver this exhibition and our thanks go to Archaeological Solutions, Historic England and Havering Museum.”

For more information visit  www.museumoflondon.org.uk/haveringhoard

Photo credit: David Parry PA

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