Issue details

OD/18/21 Museum Loans

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.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 21/09/2018

Decision due: 19 Sep 2018 by Officer Decision

Consultation process

The Portfolio Holder for Development and Museums and the Museums Manager, CIMS have been consulted in making this decision. The Chair of the Friends of the Ipswich Museums has also been consulted.