Nantwich Museum has been awarded a grant of £8,250 to secure the future of its popular “Nantwich Treasure” display.

The grant has come from the “Treasure Plus” scheme through the Art Fund, supported by The Headley Trust.

The project, which should be complete in the autumn, aims to integrate and make more appealing existing displays of the treasure.

Objects involved have all been found locally and shed light on the lives of people who once lived in the town and the surrounding area.

They include Roman coins and brooches such as the Hurleston brooch (pictured, above), a Saxon pendant cross and pottery dating over a 600 year period.

The Wilbraham Signet RingThe Wilbraham signet ring (pictured, right) will also be part of the display.

The ring belonged to one of the prominent local families, one member of whom built Dorfold Hall and another Townsend House in Welsh Row.

The “Treasure Plus” grant will be used on a new display case, revised interpretations of objects, and interactive features to engage visitors.

Particular attention is being paid to the needs of children so making a valuable contribution to the museum’s work with schools.

Chair of the museum trust Nick Dyer said: “The grant will enable the museum to re-present its ‘Nantwich Treasure’ display thus improving the interpretation of many of our most valued treasures.”

Museum manager Kate Dobson added: “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Art Fund and The Headley Trust to update the displays and, through open days, involve the public in the project.”

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