We have exciting news regarding the Bronze Age Torc, found locally near Ely Museum but we need your help!

A huge thank you to the National Heritage Memorial Fund who have offered an extremely generous grant of £150,000 towards the purchase Torc and to the V&A Purchase Grant who have offered an additional £40,000 too! The museum has also received two smaller grants from generous funds too!

We’ve almost reached our target of £220,000 target but we the help of our local community to raise the final £8000. Without your help the museum will not be able to buy the torc and display this locally found masterpiece for local people to see!

Donations to help secure this amazing gold Torc for the local community and to preserve this masterpiece would be gratefully received!

You can donate online, safely and securely through our Charities Aid Foundation

Other donations can be made directly at the museum or sent in the post to our normal address with cheques made payable to Ely Museum.

Please also consider Gift Aiding your donation if you are a UK tax payer too, so that, at no additional cost to you, the museum is able to claim back a portion of the tax on your generous donation

The Torc is regarded as the best to be found in England in more than a century. It is much larger than usual examples and is made of 730g of almost pure gold. The find was made by a metal detectorist in a ploughed field in East Cambridgeshire and was reported to the local Finds Liaison Officer. Neil Wilkin, Curator of Bronze Age Europe at the British Museum has described the workmanship as “astonishing”. There has been much speculation about its use as it is so large. It may have been worn by pregnant women as a form or protection, or used to ornament a sacrificial animal.

Next week the museum will be hosting a talk on the Torc on the evening of Thursday 27th July so please do come along to this FREE event and hear from Dr Neil Wilkin of the British Museum to learn more about this truly exceptional find!