Follow Us on Twitter
Mailing List
Enter your name and email address below:

Gold: Power and Allure Gallery

GOLD: Power and Allure, on display from June 1 to July 28, 2012, is the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

It powerfully tells the rich and previously untold story of Britain and its relationship with gold, demonstrating the country’s unique golden heritage. Here you can view just a few of the 400 or so gold items that will be on display…

Roll your mouse over the left and right-hand sides of the image and then click to view more pictures.

PreviousNext Amesbury Archer ‘Basket Rings’, Early Bronze Age, c.2470 BC. Sheet gold, embossed. Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. The ‘Amesbury Archer’ and his companion were both buried some 4,300 years ago with great ceremony, each with a pair of gold ‘basket rings’ placed close to the side of their heads. These enigmatic basket rings are the oldest gold objects yet found in Britain and although their precise function is still unclear they may have been worn round locks of hair. Analysis of the ‘archer’s’ tooth enamel reveal that he originated from the Alps region. Perhaps he was one of the early migrants who first brought Britain into contact with the continent of Europe and with it the trade that brought goldworking to Britain . 1 of 10


Read the full preview

Recent Galleries: