Ancient Dorset grave goods inspire celebrated poet Michael Rosen

Ancient Dorset grave goods inspire celebrated poet Michael Rosen

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:55am 27th December 2019.

Ancient grave goods at Dorset County Museum have been used in a poem by Michael Rosen.

The former Children's Laureate was invited to write three poems inspired by a selection of grave goods. 

He chose one artefact known as the Portesham Mirror for a very personal reason: because it reminded him of items placed in his sons' casket, who died at the age 18 from meningitis.

The mirror, along with other grave goods, were found accidentally by a metal detectorist in the burial of an elderly woman, buried around the time of the Roman Conquest.

The Grave Goods team are now working with the museum's curators to make sure that the Portesham woman achieves her place in Dorset's hall of prehistoric fame, once the Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment of Dorset County Museum reopens in 2020.