See the Edmund Jewel at Moyse's Hall Museum
An extremely rare piece of jewellery with possible links to St Edmund, from whom Bury St Edmunds takes its name, can be found at the town’s Moyse's Hall Museum.
The ornate gold jewel, which may have even been used by the great king himself, was discovered by someone metal detecting in a field in Drinkstone in 2014.
It is believed to be an aestal, a 9th century pointer used by people in high status for reading at a time when the majority of people were illiterate.
Aestals themselves are believed to be extremely rare – there are thought to be less than 10 in Europe.
The most famous The Alfred Jewel which is inscribed with “Alfred had me made”, belonged to King Alfred and is at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
The Edmund Jewel dates back to the ninth century, Edmund was martyred in 869AD, so we do not know whether this was made before or after his death.
The site where the Edmund Jewel was found would have been part of the landholdings of the Abbey of St Edmund; land that some academics have suggested originally had connections to the King himself, while the rarity of the Jewel, coupled with its purpose means it is likely that, if it did not belong to Edmund himself, it would have been made and used by someone in high status in the Church.
Visit Moyse's Hall Museum website for details on the museum's opening times.
360° Degree Vikings
The Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership…
Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG…
Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE Announced as Speaker at…
Celebrate St Edmund's Day on…
St Edmund's Day is celebrated around the world every…
Abbey 1000 Celebrations…
West Suffolk College students have created a large…
New Interpretation Unveiled…
New interpretation imagines the Abbey as it might have…
Children’s decorations add magic to town’s Christmas trees
Christmas trees across Bury St Edmunds town centre are to be decorated with tiny tree folk made by children.
Your Favourite Snow Queen Returns
Get ready for a truly magical experience at arc Shopping Centre this winter as the Snow Queen, her enchanting sister, and their frosty friend make a special appearance in Charter Square!
Masters of the Air - Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides announce a new tour for 2024
To coincide with the release of the Apple TV+ World War II drama 'Masters of the Air' Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides have created a new guided walk on Bury St Edmunds in WWII.
The Best Christmas Day Dining
This year, add a touch of luxury to your Christmas day proceedings and indulge in a meal prepared and served to you by professionals, in glorious festive surroundings.
Lottery bid to protect Abbey ruins and deliver improvements
A multi-million-pound National Heritage Lottery bid is being prepared to protect the Abbey ruins in Bury St Edmunds from further erosion and enhance the visitor experience.
1 month of laugh out loud comedy in Bury St Edmunds
Shake off those February blues and come on down to Bury St Edmunds for a month of rib-tickling fun and laughter at Bury St Edmunds very first comedy festival.
Enjoy Christmas in Bury St Edmunds with even more places to park
With a feast of festive fun about to begin in Bury St Edmunds, people will have even more choice on where to park thanks to West Suffolk Council and Greene King.
Theatre Royal Christmas Cabin Returns To arc Shopping Centre With 'Where's Santa's Hat?'.
Theatre Royal has just released tickets to their Theatre Royal Christmas Cabin which will be in the arc shopping centre again this year from 17th Nov – 24th Dec!
New Crazy Golf Experience Comes to Bury St Edmunds
Sneaky Links promises to offer the ultimate mini-golf experience in Bury St Edmunds