£150,000 grant to put Bush Barrow treasures on display at Wiltshire Heritage Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 01 September 2009
a large gold diamond shaped plague with engraved detail

A large diamond shaped plaque was found resting on the Bush Barrow chieftain's chest. © David Bukach and Birmingham University

Wiltshire Heritage Museum is celebrating a £150,000 grant to build a new pre-history gallery which will feature treasures from Britain's richest Bronze Age burial, found at Bush Barrow, near Stonehenge.

The Bush Barrow finds have been described by the Daily Mail as Britain's first Crown Jewels and would have belonged to an important Bronze Age King – often dubbed the King of Stonehenge.

Already recognised by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council's Designation Scheme as being of national and international importance, the collection will now be displayed permanently for the first time.

a square gold belt hook

A belt hook from Bush Barrow is just one of the remarkable artefacts Wiltshire Heritage Museum wants to put on permanent display. © David Bukach and Birmingham University

"This substantial grant is a major step forward towards our goal of putting the gold objects from the Stonehenge Bush Barrow on permanent display and creating new galleries to display our important prehistoric collections," said Chairman Bill Perry."It is the first success in our fundraising campaign that we launched in May this year."

The new gallery will be developed in collaboration with the new Stonehenge visitor centre and will put what is widely acknowledged as Britain's best Bronze Age collection at the heart of the revitalised new museum.

David Dawson, Director, said: "This is fantastic news for the Museum, our visitors and for Devizes. We are now working closely with English Heritage and Salisbury Museum on the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre, and our new displays will encourage thousands of people to discover Devizes."

The grant came from the DCMS / Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Scheme, which will improve displays and facilities at 34 museums up and down the country.

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