Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Treasures to Go on Show in Exhibition

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Treasures to Go on Show in Exhibition

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

AHISTORICAL treasure trove of gold jewellery and precious items with links to the North East is to go on display in the region later this month.

The items, which include rings, badges and pendants dating back to the Middle Ages, were all either found in the North East or belonged to someone who lived in, or visited, the area.

Now the items, on loan from the British Museum, are to return to the region for the Banners of the North exhibition, which opens at Bede's World in Jarrow on July 19 as part of a three-year Treasures programme, highlighting the region's heritage and identity.

Among the highlights will be a 15th Century gold signet ring, believed to have belonged to Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland, who died in the Wars of the Roses' Battle of Towton in 1461 - believed to be the battle with the highest death toll to be fought on English soil.

The gold ring >have belonged Percy, who died of Towton There will also be coins from the reigns of medieval kings Alexander III and Edwards I and IV, along with a Papal ring, of gilded copper alloy and glass, which bears the arms of the family of Pope Paul II.

Other items will include a 15th Century seal of the See of Durham, a gold amulet ring, a pilgrim badge and a gold pendant depicting St George slaying the dragon.

The items will form part of a larger exhibition looking at what life was like in the North between the 11th and 15th Centuries and the importance of saints, such as St Cuthbert and St George.

"Throughout the Middle Ages the North East was at the heart of cultural and religious life," said Mike Benson, director at Bede's World. "The exhibition will really give an indication of the way in which people here lived and the challenges they faced."

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Bede's World is also holding a folk festival over the weekend of July 18-20, which will be opened with a procession of miners' banners from the area, followed by a ceilidh and sing along with the Deadly Ernest Ceilidh Band and South Shields Folk Club. …

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