With the British Museum’s Vikings exhibition bringing in the crowds, it is an ideal time for its Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo treasures to come back into focus in a new gallery.
The area previously housing the early medieval collections had
been closed for renovation - the first of that gallery since 1985 -
but on March 27 they are relaunched in Room 41 as Sutton Hoo and
It marks the 75th anniversary of the Suffolk discovery and the
gallery as a whole covers the period from the end of the Western
Roman Empire to the time when the precursors of many modern
European states were beginning to take shape.
The refurbished gallery gives more prominence within the museum
to the Sutton Hoo ship burial.
Alongside the familiar sights of the helmet, gold buckle
and whetstone, there are exhibits never shown before such as late
Roman mosaics, a huge copper alloy necklace from the Baltic region
and a gilded mount discovered by X-ray in a lump of organic
material from a Viking woman's grave over a century after it was
The gallery was funded through a donation by Sir Paul and Lady
Vikings: life and legend is housed in the also-new
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery and runs until June 22. This is the
museum's first purpose-built space for temporary exhibitions and
forms part of the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre that
opens later this year.
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