Carisbrooke Castle Museum is holding a new exhibition – with Anglo-Saxon treasures that have returned to the Island after 150 years.
Victorians discovered the 1,500-year-old Anglo-Saxon treasures on the Isle of Wight and this is the first time the objects have been exhibited on the Island.
‘Anglo Saxon Treasures of the Isle of Wight’ opens at Carisbrooke Castle Museum tomorrow (Saturday).
Dr Rachel Tait, Curator of Carisbrooke Castle Museum, said:
“Far from being a sleepy backwater, in Anglo-Saxon times the Island was at the frontier of international trade in goods and ideas and these people created a rich material culture.”
Carisbrooke Castle Museum was founded in 1898 by HRH Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, and is today managed by a local charitable trust.
Gill Kennett, Chair of Trustees, Carisbrooke Castle Museum, said:
“It’s a real achievement for Carisbrooke Castle Museum to secure the loan of items like this from the British Museum.
“It’s great to be able to host them alongside items from the Isle of Wight Heritage Service and English Heritage. It also opens the door for an ongoing strong partnership with the British Museum.”
The Castle will be open daily throughout half-term then revert to Wednesday-Sunday until April (1) – then seven days a week.