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Replicas of Anglo-Saxon jewellery which children will make in the workshop


The originals are shown to the right

The items are made with gold card (for the 2 crosses), or gold or silver foil. Children use paper templates and ballpoint pens to get the designs on the card/foil, then use embossing tools to create the shapes (see photo right).


For extra decoration they add glass pebbles and red vinyl for the garnet, permanent marker for the niello (the black colour on the silver brooches), and gold permanent marker for gold lines on the vinyl. Finally they stick the foil to a card backing (otherwise it is easily damaged) and sellotape a safety pin on the back so it can be worn.



Gold and garnet brooch, found in Kent. Made early 700s.


The Ixworth Cross, gold and garnet, found in Suffolk. Made early 700s. 5cm.

The Strickland Brooch, now in the British Museum. 11.2cm.
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Made from silver, niello (lead/silver sulphide) and gold in the late 900s. It shows dogs and animal heads - perhaps bulls?



The Fuller Brooch, now in the British Museum. 11.4cm.
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Made from silver and niello in the 900s. It shows the five senses personified.


Around it were circular decorations - some children will make these as an easier option. (see left).


The Holderness Cross - gold and garnet. Found in East Yorkshire. 700s AD. 5cm.


Gold and garnet brooch



Silver gilt brooch, Approx 4.5cm.
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge.