The Witham Shield from the British Museum on Show in Lincoln
There is a most wonderful Lincolnshire artefact on show at The Collection in Lincoln which normally resides in the British Museum.
I saw it today and was dazzled . . .
Firstly I should like to thank the Venerable Angry Mutant for the tip off about the Witham Shield being in the Golden Shire (where it belongs if I’m being frank).
I was all but banging on the doors of The Collection in Lincoln this morning for the opening day after driving through snow and tramping through arctic gales and boy was it worth it.
I don’t think I’ve seen a more dazzling museum exhibit
This remarkable object has survived form the Iron Age and dates circa 400BC and was found near the River Witham here in Lincolnshire, we discussed the area here Fiskertoon Bog Bodies back in 1826.
This beautiful bronze shield was originally a facing on a wooden shield, the decoration and craftsmanship suggest it may well have been more decorative and a status symbol than a serious military piece of kit.
The red gems you can see in the centre shield boss are Red Coral that are thought to have come from the Mediterranean and shows just how high status this item is.
It’s rarity can hardly be over-stated, indeed there has been nothing like it found anywhere else in Europe.
It’s a thing of staggering magnitude. I stood in front of it and was quite literally blown away - please do try and see it if you can.
I should also say that The Collection has done it proud with a tremendously well laid out display and information boards, superbly done.
This piece of Lincolnshire history can be seen from 13 Mar 2013 to 09 Jun 2013 and then it goes back to the British Museum so I urge anybody with an interest to go and take a look.
If your interest doesn’t extend to a special trip then if you are in or around Lincoln during the dates above then it’s well worth popping - entrance is free, you can’t go wrong.