2,100-year-old torc found in Clevedon on display at local museum

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 February 2019

The Clevedon Torc. Picture: British Museum

The Clevedon Torc. Picture: British Museum

British Museum

A 2,100-year-old artefact has returned home for a three-year exhibition at Weston Museum.

The Clevedon Torc was uncovered at Walton Castle, in Clevedon, in the 19th century.

The Iron Age gold neck-ring was given to the British Museum by former curator Augustus Wollaston Franks in 1897 and the museum has now lent it to the Burlington Street attraction.

Chairman of the museum and heritage sub-committee on Weston Town Council, John Crockford-Hawley, described the loan as a ‘real coup’ for Weston.

He added: “This acquisition follows on the heels of the Imperial War Museum’s loan of the original World War One Kitchener poster by Weston artist Alfred Leete.

“It shows how Weston Museum is becoming an important regional venue.”

The torc is displayed in the Living Landscape gallery at Weston Museum and can be viewed from 10am-5pm every Tuesday to Sunday.

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