New website is a glimpse into hidden history

Artefacts from Rutland County Museum EMN-150223-154428001
Artefacts from Rutland County Museum EMN-150223-154428001

Rutland County Museum has launched a new website offering users exclusive access to a huge range of historic artefacts that are currently hidden from public view.

Although hundreds of items detailing Rutland’s rich history are on show at the museum in Oakham, many more which cannot be displayed on a permanent basis are kept out of sight in storage.

The website, catalogues more than 1,000 objects and will be expanded over the coming years with help from volunteers – detailing as much of the museum’s collection of 11,000 items as possible.

Rutland County Council leader and portfolio holder for culture Roger Begy (Con), said: “Rutland County Museum is extremely grateful to the volunteers who have helped with this incredible project, including those from the Oakham Decorative and Fine Art Society.

“Rutland is a special place with a fascinating history and this new website is a wonderful resource for those wishing to learn more about our past. An extensive selection of objects ranging from archaeology to textiles is already available to view online, with more artefacts to be catalogued in the months ahead.”

Among the objects listed on the new museum site is a gold Roman ring dating back to 200AD – 410AD. The ring was found at Whitwell in 1991 and is thought to be a wedding ring due to the markings on the band.

The site also features a selection of 4,636 Roman coins unearthed in Tinwell in 1999. The hoard was purchased for the museum in 2001 thanks to grants from the Victoria and Albert Fund and the Friends of Rutland County Museum.

Details of Rutland County Museum’s current exhibitions, events, children’s activities and school workshops can also be found on the website.

The project has been made possible thanks to grants from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Arts Council England.