Rare relics of Codnor set for Derby Museum display

NEVER-SEEN before artefacts from an archaeological dig in Codnor are to go on display at Derby Museum this month.

Relics from a study of the Codnor Castle ruins in 2007 are to be put on show in the city from January 28.

The items such as a Henry V gold noble coin and shards of Stamford ware pottery from the Middle Ages were dug up by members of Channel Four TV’s Time Team, which takes part in archaeological digs, and have been gathering dust in a back room at the museum for four years since the show.

But at the end of the month the artefacts will be unveiled as part of a new permanent display on the castle.

It follows months of hard work from the local trust, which works to protect the site of the 13th Century castle.

Chairman of the Codnor Castle Preservation Society Rokia Brown said: “It is fantastic for us; by having a permanent display at Derby Museum, it brings the existence of Codnor Castle to the forefront .

“The more people that are interested in the castle and the more support we get is great news for the trust.

“It’s another way of putting it back on the map – it stops it becoming just an insignificant pile of stones!”

The Henry V gold noble coin due to go on display on Saturday, January 28.-

It was minted in the 15th Century around the time of the Battle of Agincourt and would have ‘probably been worth a labourer’s monthly wage back then, said Rokia.

Other items to go on display discovered by Time Team, which is presented by actor by Black Adder actor Tony Robinson, include dear bones and oyster shells, which Rokia says further highlights the ‘decadent’ lives of the aristocrats living in the castle.

The display at Derby Museum is set to include a time-line of the castle’s history and other informative items, along with the around 30 artefacts.

The trust first planned to have the Time Team artefacts displayed in June of last year.

Former trust member Laura Simpson, 21, and education officer at Derby Museum, has lead the project to see the Time Team artefacts put on display there. She said the coin is of ‘very high importance’ because it is in mint condition. It had previously been on display at the Joseph Wright Gallery at the museum.

The display opening event will run from 10am until noon and will feature performances from medieval musicians and re-enactment groups.