And a partridge in a pear tree…?

By jackie keily on 1 Jan 2014
A gold, diamond and emerald hat ornament in in the form of a salamander.

A gold, diamond and emerald hat ornament in in the form of a salamander.

In Elizabethan London, New Year’s Day was the big time to give and receive gifts, particularly at court. The tradition appears to date back to at least the 13th century but under Queen Elizabeth I it reached new heights in terms of the extravagance and range of the gifts given. Read the full postRead the full post

Guest blog: Shaun Leane and the hidden jewels of the Cheapside Hoard

By shaun leane on 15 Oct 2013
Shaun Leane, presenter of BBC4's 'Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard' © BBC

Shaun Leane, presenter of BBC4’s ‘Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard’ © BBC

Shaun Leane, award winning jewellery designer and presenter of BBC4’s ‘Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard‘ writes about London craftsmanship and the mysteries contained in the Cheapside Hoard. Read the full postRead the full post

The Cheapside Hoard: A spectacular find

By hazel forsyth on 27 Sep 2013

Gold finger ring from the Cheapside Hoard, 16th-17th centurySelection of necklaces from the Cheapside Hoard: 16th - 17th cenPendant reliquary in the form of a gold cross: 16th - 17th centuEmerald stone carved in to the form of a parrot: 16th- 17th centCheapside Hoard Copyright Museum of LondonCheapside Hoard Copyright Museum of LondonA gold, diamond and emerald hat ornament in in the form of a salamander.Jewelled scented bottle of white enamel and gold: 16th - 17th ceSelection of items from Cheapside Hoard: 16th- 17th century

Shoppers rushing along Oxford and Regent Street, bulging bags in tow, may not be aware that Cheapside was once the busiest and most renowned of all markets and thoroughfares in London. Once heaving with street traders, luxury merchants and goldsmiths, citizens flocked to its shops for everything from spices and haberdashery to silks, gold, silver and jewels.

It was here that a great treasure lay buried for almost three hundred years. Read the full postRead the full post