Royal treasure exhibition scoops regional culture award

Published: 17th Apr 2012

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AN astonishing collection of seventh century Anglo-Saxon artefacts at Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar has scooped top prize at the prestigious Journal and Arts Council culture awards.

The stunning collection, which includes rare pieces of jewellery from the final resting place of a seventh century princess, was uncovered by archaeologist Dr Steve Sherlock in Loftus, East Cleveland between 2005 and 2007.

The exhibition faced tough opposition at the ceremony in Durham from the Great North Museum in Newcastle as well as the Beamish Museum.

Archaeologist Dr Steve Sherlock who made the discovery said:

Winning this award is fantastic for the area; the discovery has excited and stimulated interest in the heritage of Redcar & Cleveland.

The number of visitors to Kirkleatham museum has increased dramatically making this the most successful exhibition ever seen at the museum.

The remarkable finds include a striking gold pendant said to be unparalleled in the Anglo-Saxon world that would have belonged to a princess, as well as glass beads, pottery, iron knives and other objects.

And the Saxon princess exhibition really has captured the public imagination with tens of thousands of people flocking to get a glimpse of the historic treasure.

For further information contact the museum on 01642 479500 visit or

Kirkleatham museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

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