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Museum Needs Cash For New Discovery

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9:16am 27th September 2012

Dorset County Museum is seeking your help to raise money for a new artefact collection.

The Chesil Mirror, along with other objects, has been discovered between Abbotsbury and Chickerell and the museum is looking to add it to its collection, to compliment The Portesham mirror which was found in 1994.

The rare find makes it all the more special as its a unusal to find two similar types of mirrors so close together.

It has also officially been declared as Treasure, setting the price at a steep £23, 000, which the museum is hoping to raise in time to buy the items. If they are unable to afford the items, then it's a possibility they'll go to oversea buyers.

You can support the cause by sending cheques made payable to DNHAS to: Chesil Mirror Appeal, Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.

There is also a fundraising event being held on Friday 30 November, where a lecture by Professor Andrew Fitzpatrick of Wessex Archaeology will talk about significance of the Chesil Mirror and explain how it fits into our wider understanding of Iron Age Dorset. The lecture is at 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets are available now from the Museum shop and cost £10.

All money donated will go straight into a special fund set up especially for the Chesil Mirror.

If you are interested in archaeology, then you can also attend talks on the subject every first Friday of the month throughout the winter - Contact Dorset County Museum for more details.

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