British Museum curator to shed light on special sword

The South Cave sword.
The South Cave sword.

A talk about an exciting project involving one of the most fascinating treasures of East Riding Museums’ collection - a late Iron Age sword discovered in South Cave - is set to take place.

Dr Julia Farley, curator of the European Iron Age collections at the British Museum, will be giving a sneak preview of a major exhibition opening in September 2015 which will feature a sword borrowed from East Riding Museums Service’s amazing South Cave weapons cache.

The exhibition will take place in London and Scotland and will tell the story of Celtic art from 500BC to the present day. The South Cave sword, which dates back to about 70AD, has been selected as an exquisite example of Roman influence on British Celtic art.

In her talk at the Treasure House in Beverley, Dr Farley will show how Celtic art emerged about 2,500 years ago as an abstract art style full of hidden faces and shape-shifting beasts. Its style and tradition, she says, are still familiar to us and continue to play a part in modern national identities.

Dr David Marchant, East Riding Museums Registrar, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to welcome the British Museum to the Treasure House and nationally showcase one of our most treasured items, highlighting its significance in the story of the Iron Age in Britain.”

The talk, called ‘Curating the Celts’, takes place at the Treasure House, Champney Road, Beverley on 12 May from 6.30pm. Tickets are £5 each. Book at, call 01482 392699 or visit the archives on the first floor of the Treasure House.