Chatteris Museum heads back to the Stone Age in new exhibition

Some of the ancient treasures found in Chatteris will be returning to the town in an exciting new exhibition.

Chatteris Museum will be displaying a range of artefacts, including a Bronze Age shield, as it highlights the town’s past during the three-year exhibition.

Next year’s Ancient Human Occupation of Chatteris exhibition will be covering the prehistoric era to the Iron Age.

Curators at the Church Lane museum have applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £5,000 grant to buy a custom made display case for the shield, which is being loaned by the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge.

Ian Mason, curator, said: “The exhibition aims to make people realise there is more to history than Victorian times.

“Chatteris is well-known in archaeological circles due to the wealth of stuff found here, but we would like to raise the profile locally.”

The museum is hoping to also attract school parties to the exhibition after a change in the National Curriculum to include the study of Stone Age to Iron Age Britain.

Chatteris is blessed with strong historical connections to that period with the three scheduled ancient monument sites at Block Fen, Langwood Drove and Honey Hill.

Items which will be on show include beads, types of jewellery, along with some bog oak and flint.

The museum will also be showing a number of coins, but is appealing for help in tracking down a hoard which was uncovered by a metal detectorist in Langwood Drove during the 1980s.

Mr Mason said: “The person who found the coins passed them to the county archeology department and they were treated as treasure but we don’t know what happened after that.”

n Chatteris will also be home to another museum if new plans are approved.

The Police Firearms Association charity has applied to Fenland District Council to convert the town’s police station into offices and a museum.

The garages will be used to create the museum which will only be open on appointment.

The building is leased to the charity but the current police inquiry office will be retained.

The design and access statement says: “Within the building, day-to-day operations and administration of the well-established charity will take place.

“The former office three will be used for counselling and physiotherapy, to help operational officers in their recovery and return to work.

“The former interview room will be retained for use by Cambridgeshire Police for as long as they wish for an officer to be located on site.”