For those who missed viewing the real Alfred Jewel at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton last month, there is one answer in Yeovil.
South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) holds a replica of the Alfred Jewel, which can be viewed on request. The replica of the Jewel is held at CHAC due to Alfred’s association with Aller.
The Alfred Jewel is one of the most celebrated archaeological objects to survive from Anglo-Saxon England. It was found at Athelney in 1693 and given to the University of Oxford in 1718.
Clare Robinson, CHAC Co-ordinator said, “We have held the replica of the Alfred Jewel at CHAC for many years. A lot of visitors from across the world have asked to see the Jewel, but with the Jewel recently been displayed at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton, we feel it’s now time to tell everyone where the replica is kept”.
Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture added, “The replica is highly detailed and very accurate. If you missed the opportunity to see the real thing in Taunton, come to Yeovil and visit CHAC – browse our collection and see the replica of the Alfred Jewel that we hold”.