Cheapside Hoard gets exhibition

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Dates: Saturday, 11 January 2014 to Monday, 28 April 2014

In 1912, a priceless collection of jewels and treasures was uncovered in central London by a group of workmen excavating a cellar. They could hardly have known they had stumbled upon one of the most remarkable finds in the capital city's long and exciting history.

The Cheapside Hoard, as it became known, has eluded scholars and baffled professors, but until April 28th, you may ponder the incredible collection at the London's Lost Jewels exhibition taking place at the Museum of London.

Putting together cutting-edge research and using the original precious artefacts themselves as a springboard for ideas, the invigorating display invites visitors to consider who originally owned the hoard and why they didn't come forward upon its discovery.

Was the hoard the working wares of the unnamed Jacobean goldsmith genius who occupied the premises during the English Civil War? Or was there, as has been speculated, a more sinister story behind their arrival in Cheapside?

Whatever their origins, The London Museum obtained the hoard upon the discovery, and the venue's exhibition represents the first time all of the jewels have been displayed together in more than 100 years.

The exhibition also discusses how the pieces represent the very best of Elizabethan and Jacobean London and demonstrate how our beloved London was regarded as a centre for excellent craftsmanship.

It is open every day from 10am until 6pm and is entirely free to view. The London Museum can be found at 150 London Wall.

After witnessing the treasure, experience the joys of The Chesterfield Mayfair, a veritable jewel of the capital itself. If the extraordinary value of the hoard has put you in the mood for some retail therapy, why not book in with the Mayfair Shopping package?