Cheapside Hoard

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Each month we put the spotlight on one of our Zipcar for Business accounts to celebrate the great work they do and how they use Zipcar to make it happen. This month meet the Museum of London, the award-winning museum, which tells the story of the world's greatest city. Read on to find out more about the Museum of London and how they use Zipcar.

Museum of London

"For the first time in 100 years, the Cheapside Hoard – the world’s largest and finest cache of Elizabethan and Early Stuart jewellery – will be displayed in its entirety as part of the major new exhibition, The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels at the Museum of London this October.

At nearly 500 glittering pieces strong, the Cheapside Hoard hasn’t been seen together since its chance discovery under a cellar floor in London’s Cheapside back in 1912. Now known to be a jeweller’s stock-in-trade, this priceless collection of jewels is the City’s most exquisite stash of buried treasure – and is the single most important source of our knowledge on early modern jewellery in the UK.

Bringing together new evidence, alongside delicate finger rings, cascading necklaces, Byzantine cameos, beautiful jewelled scent bottles, and a one-of-a-kind Columbian emerald watch, the exhibition will open up the clandestine world of the early modern goldsmith-jeweller and their creative talents and techniques now long since lost. Although embroiled in mystery, each piece tells a tantalising story, from gift giving at the Elizabethan court to tales of international trade and discovery and vignettes on fashion, wealth and power.

The Museum of London has specialist vehicles to move the precious artefacts and unique works of art between sites and to other museums. We have Zipcar as a back-up to move mundane archaeological finds between sites, recently the Museum carried out a training and participative event at Syon Park in Brentford, the necessary kit and equipment was transported by Zipvan. A timber of the medieval Greenwich tidal mill excavated by our colleagues in Museum of London Archaeology was transported in a zipcar before being displayed.

London’s heritage is precious, but actually the most precious part of the Museum is our staff and being able to use Zipcars with augmented insurance, means we get staff to and from evening events with ease. The Museum is host to the Portable Antiquities Scheme and our Finds Liaison Officer has attended evening events with Societies which meant the car could be returned to a space near their home, easing the journey home in the evening."

Andrew Marcus, Deputy Head of Communications at the Museum of London

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