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sunderland museum Side view Bronze Age sun pendant, 1000–800BC © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg

Golden Wonder

This 3,000-year-old sun pendant features in a stunning new exhibition, which you can currently see at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

This stunning piece – known as gold bulla – is one of the most significant items of Bronze Age metalwork ever discovered in Britain, and it was found by a metal detectorist in the Shropshire Marshes circa May 2018. Now, this spectacular object is coming to Sunderland courtesy of the prestigious ‘A British Museum Loan Gathering Light: A Bronze Age Golden Sun’ exhibition. The free show will also include other Bronze Age gold artefacts, from a gold lunula (amulet), which was discovered in an Irish bog, to Cornish torcs (neck rings) and rings. The exhibition will also feature choice Bronze Age items that have been recovered in the north-east.

A British Museum Loan Gathering Light: A Bronze Age Golden Sun, until 3 June, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, sunderlandculture.org.uk