Decision details

OD/18/21 Museum Loans

Decision Maker: Officer Decision

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This loan request is part of the ongoing research programme into the Rendlesham Collection led by Prof Christopher Scull of UCL. The objective is to understand the metalworking skills of the Anglo-Saxon craftspeople by analysing the composition of a selection of the copper alloy, gold and silver objects in the collection. The research will therefore concentrate on metalworking debris although some completed objects will also be examined. Most of these objects are fragments.


The precise number of objects required will be established following a preliminary assessment at Ipswich Museum scheduled for the week commencing 11 June. It is, however, anticipated that the maximum number required for loan will be 200.


In some cases the research will involve the cleaning of the object to create a sound surface and in others a small sample will be removed. No action will be undertaken without the prior approval of the Heritage Manager who will seek advice from the Conservation Officer.


The research project is externally funded by the Leverhulme Trust and will significantly increase our knowledge of this internationally important archaeological site. The results will directly feed into the new Anglo-Saxon gallery planned for Ipswich Museum.


Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) (LO.2018.9)


Loan commences: September 2019

Loan ends: 15 January 2019


To enable the IBC collections to contribute to a national research project undertaken by a leading UK university

Publication date: 21/09/2018

Date of decision: 19/09/2018

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