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Thetford museum’s flint exhibition sparks own touring show

Bill Basham's flint alphabet. Photo: Ancient House Museum
Bill Basham's flint alphabet. Photo: Ancient House Museum

The highly successful Flint Rocks exhibition at Thetford’s Ancient House Museum closes in amonth but will go on tour in January.

The exhibition looks at all the uses flint has been put to, from houses to the alphabet and necklace made by flint knapper Bill Basham from Brandon and illustrates how that has influenced the landscape of the Brecks.

The project has led to the museum working with the Obsidian Museum of Okinawa, because the black volcanic rock was used in similar ways.

But due to the importance of flint to area, a roaming exhibition has been created to go out to the community and allow more people to learn about this unique aspect of Brecks heritage from January.

Museum Curator Oliver Bone from Ancient House Museum sai: “We have been really pleased with the reaction to the Flint Rocks exhibition with some people travelling long distances to come and see.

“Flint is such a strength of the museum collections and a distinctive part of local Brecks tradition that it is great to shine a light on this fascinating story”.

Anyone wanting to host the roaming display should contact Melissa Hawker on Melissa.hawker@norfolk.gov.uk or call the museum on 01842 752599.


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