The Witham Shield in Context

07 May 2013

To celebrate the loan of the Witham Shield to Lincoln, this free lecture examines the cultural context, manufacture and decoration of the shield

The Witham Shield is an icon of Lincolnshire archaeology, and one of the highlights of the British Museum's prehistoric collections.  It is an example of one of a small number of similar shields known from Britain, but each one is unique and poses interesting questions about how they were made, used and ultimately deposited in rivers as gifts to the gods or ancestors.

Dr Julia Farley, of the University of Leicester and formerly Curator of European Iron Age Collections at the British Museum, will be taking us through a detailed examination of the Witham Shield and what it can tell us about life and belief in Iron Age Lincolnshire.

This lecture is free and begins at 7pm in The Collection's auditorium, but booking is required.  Please contact the museum to book your place.