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A National Treasure

Published on 19 March 2020

A National Treasure

And this week we’re talking real treasure, not celebrity treasure.

Perhaps you saw the story in the news recently of the 600-year-old brooch found in Northamptonshire? A metal detectorist dug it up from farmland in 2017, finding it 10cm down, caked in mud. After cleaning it – using feathers to avoid damage – the Victoria and Albert Museum revealed a flower-shaped diamond and gold brooch, which would originally have had pearl ornamentation as well.

The ‘priceless’ brooch – the only one of its kind to be found in the UK – is believed to have been ripped from the wearer’s clothing during a hunt, but it can now rest easy in its secure new home, being preserved for future generations to admire.

Which is what our heritage storage scheme is all about. Our fabulous hardened aircraft shelters provide fire-, flood-, damp- (and bomb-) proof, high-security storage facilities for museums and the heritage sector. Working in collaboration with the National Conservation Service, we are experts in storing, conserving and moving priceless heritage items. If you’d like to know more about our heritage storage scheme, or come and see it for yourself, just call one of our friendly people on 03300 376 323.