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History fans get chance to handle Richard III treasures
8:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
RICHARD III fans have the chance to handle artefacts such as the famous Middleham Jewel at the Yorkshire Museum.
The museum has organised an after-hours, exclusive event entitled Unique in York: Richard III on September 24, from 5pm-7pm.
Guests will be allowed to handle some of the most iconic objects currently on display as part of the Richard III: King & County exhibition, while enjoying champagne, canapés and a curator’s talk by curator of archaeology, Natalie McCaul.
The Middleham Jewel is a gold pendant with beautiful sapphire adornment which was discovered at Middleham Castle – childhood home of York’s favourite king – and may even have belonged to his mother. It was bought by the museum for £2.5 million in 1991.
Guests will also have the opportunity to handle York and Middleham boar badges – originally worn by supporters of Richard III – and to own their own piece of history by bidding in the silent auction for the unique replica 18-carat gold boar badge which was commissioned by the Yorkshire Museum and created by jeweller Charmian Ottoway.
Tickets can be bought in advance for £50 per person by phoning 01904 650333.
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