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Talking to the Gods: an archaeological drawing of a metal plaque on a blue background

Talking to the Gods: Votive Plaques from Roman Britain

An exhibition of archaeological drawings

March 1st - April 23rd 2016

 

Archaeological illustrator Craig Williams presents a series of drawings of the Ashwell Hoard, a treasure trove of some 27 gold and silver objects found in a village just outside Cambridge which gives an insight into the religious beliefs of the Roman Britons.

In 2002, a metal detectorist chanced upon a significant find: a hoard of precious temple dedications which had been deliberately and carefully buried for safe-keeping, vowed to the previously unknown goddess, Senuna. The hoard comprised a number of metal artefacts and a series of thin gold and silver votive plaques depicting the gods and often bearing personal inscriptions.

The archaeological drawings on display in this exhibition were produced for a new in-depth study of the finds, to be published by the British Museum where the Hoard is now housed. Working with pen and ink on drafting film, this unique collection of artwork not only aids interpretation of the figures stamped onto the delicate plaques, but also poignantly represents traditional illustration techniques which are becoming increasingly rare with the advent of digital recording.

 

Events

Family craft activity Wednesday 6th April, 1.30-3pm: All that Glitters...

Workshop Friday 15th April, 2-4pm: Drawing by Hand: An Introduction to Archaeological Illustration

 

Find out more

The Ashwell Hoard at the British Museum

The Ashwell Museum 

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

Admission is free.

 

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Following Government guidance, we are now closed until further notice and will not reopen on Tuesday 5 January 2021 as planned. Our priority is to protect our staff and visitors.

 

 

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