Securing the Seaton Down hoard for Devon
29 March 2016
The campaign to save the Seaton Down hoard has been generously supported and the hoard’s return to Devon seems certain – but further money is needed. Donations can be made at the museum, online or by text, talks are available for groups in the Exeter area and a Roman Weekend is scheduled for 2 to 3 April 2016.
Cllr Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, said “With over 22,000 fourth century Roman coins, this is the fourth largest hoard ever found. It is such an important discovery and we are delighted with the response. The way that people with local connections, well-wishers and companies have stepped up to the challenge is inspiring. We must keep up the momentum and ensure that the hoard not only stays in Devon but we are also able to display it.”
Exeter-born Patrick Long has donated £25,000 towards the purchase price of £50,000. Clinton Devon Estates have pledged money from the hoard’s purchase. Exeter-based staff from Thomson Reuters have volunteered their time and raised over £1,500. Donations have been received from far and wide online, using text giving at RAMM and during fundraising talks in the Exeter area. Further money is now needed for the hoard to be conserved, researched and displayed both in an exhibition at RAMM and displays in East Devon.
How to donate
Online donations can be made at www.don8.to/RAM002, or £5 donated by texting RAM002 to 70970. Cheques should be made to Friends of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery. Fund-raising volunteer-lead talks are available for community groups and societies in and around Exeter: mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 265984 for details.
Find out more
The Roman Weekend on 2 to 3 April 2016 will focus on the hoard and include family activities.