February 26, 2013
More coverage of the return (on loan) of the Mold Cape, planned to take place later this year. This is not the first tie that the cape has been returned on loan – a previous exhibition of it in Wrexham took place in 2005.
23 February 2013 Last updated at 11:07
Mold gold cape to be displayed in Cardiff and Wrexham museums
A unique ceremonial Bronze Age gold cape which was discovered in Flintshire 180 years ago is to go on display in Cardiff and Wrexham this summer.
The Mold Gold Cape, thought to have been a woman’s, will be loaned first to the National Museum in Cardiff in July.
Afterwards the cape, which was made about 3,700 years ago, will move to the Wrexham County Borough museum.
The British Museum, which houses the cape in its collections, says it shows the sophistication of early societies.
Neil MacGregor, the museum’s director, said: “We are delighted that this exceptional object of national and international significance will be displayed in Cardiff and Wrexham.
“Through research on rare objects like the Mold Gold Cape, in recent years we have come to see British prehistoric societies very differently.
He said such precious objects showed that societies in Britain must have been “extremely sophisticated, both in skill and their social structure.
“They were not isolated but part of a larger European trade network, a web of trade and exchange from north Wales to Scandinavia.”
The Mold cape was last displayed in the Cardiff museum in 1996 and 2001.
David Anderson, director general of National Museum Wales, said they were delighted that the priceless masterpiece from north east Wales will soon be on display again in Cardiff.
Mr Anderson said the visit was a wonderful opportunity for local people and visitors to learn more about their heritage and early past.
“The Mold cape is of great importance, in both local and national contexts and is also of international significance to our understanding of cultural expression and power relations in Early Bronze Age Europe, reflected both in life and in death.”
Neil Rogers, leader of Wrexham council, said the last time the Mold Cape visited the town’s museum in 2005 it attracted 11,500 visitors in just 12 weeks.
“That fact more than any other illustrates the huge level of interest amongst the local public for both archaeology and our shared prehistoric heritage.
“So I am naturally excited at the prospect of the cape’s return to the town,” he added.
The cape will be shown at National Museum Cardiff from 2 July to 4 August and at Wrexham museum from 7 August to 14 September, 2013.
- Mold gold cape to return from British Museum to Wrexham on loan : February 22, 2013
- Should the British Museum return the Mold Golden Cape : September 26, 2005
- Flintshire councillor wants to build museum to allow return of Mold Golden Cape : May 14, 2010
- Wales’s Elgin Marbles? : July 18, 2005
- An intranational restitution claim from Anglesey : January 22, 2010
- Ancient gold returns to Rhayader Museum in Wales : January 26, 2012
- Decline in British Museum visitor numbers : October 8, 2005
- UK Museum returns Maori bones to New Zealand : December 4, 2009