West Row councillors tell British Museum to re-name Mildenhall Treasure
West Row Parish Council’s bid to have Mildenhall Treasure re-named is about ‘independence’, according to a councillor.
John Smith is in the process of lobbying the British Museum, where the 34 pieces of Roman silverware are kept, to reflect the fact they were found in a West Row field in the 1940s.
The treasure is thought to date back to the fourth century. Campaigners have stepped up their efforts since West Row formed its own parish council earlier this year, breaking away from Mildenhall.
West Row parish councillor John Smith said: “It is not about the treasure, it is about our independence. There is no mention of West Row in the British Museum. We don’t want it back, we just want it to be recognised as ours.”
Councillor Smith believes having the treasure identified as West Row’s could promote travel and tourism to the village. He suggested a sign could be erected outside the village.
But so far all approaches made so far to the museum had been unsuccessful.
Councillor Smith continued: “If the British Museum called it (West Row Treasure) or said it was found in West Row, that would suffice.
“The museum has been dismissive about it and they still call it the Mildenhall Treasure. We would like to do a public campaign to set this right.”
The British Museum has been approached for comment.
Ruth Bowman, chairman of Mildenhall High Town Council, said: “West Row’s call to re-name the Mildenhall Treasure is certainly an ambitious goal.
"No one locally would dispute where it was discovered.
“But given the original designation more than 70 years ago it seems unlikely history will be rewritten because of a boundary change now. Of course it is for West Row to make the case if they have local support.”