Boudiccan baubles and bangles


Impact has been providing PR support to the Fenwick (formerly Williams & Griffin) department store in Colchester during its £30 million refurbishment. Excellent coverage has been achieved in local media, but one story about a lady's jewellery collection hit the national headlines and resulted in a slot on BBC TV's regional news programme.

The wealthy Roman woman's jewellery was found during excavations at the department store in Colchester High Street. This remarkable find is thought to be one of the finest of its kind ever discovered in Britain and includes three gold armlets, a silver chain necklace, two silver bracelets, a substantial silver armlet, a small bag of coins and a small jewellery box containing two sets of gold earrings and four gold finger rings.

The Roman treasure was buried in the floor of a house that was subsequently burnt to the ground during the Boudiccan Revolt in AD 61. Its discovery was made during a major archaeological excavation carried out by the Colchester Archaeological Trust. The remarkable find has now been conserved and is on display at the Colchester Castle Museum.