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The Mold Gold Cape makes return to North Wales

THE MOLD Gold Cape will return to within 11 miles of the place it was discovered this summer.

The 3,700-year-old Bronze Age artifact will go on display in Wrexham, on loan from London’s British Museum.

The cape was sold to the museum three years after being discovered by a gang from the local workhouse in 1833.

Men uncovered it in a mound at Bryn yr Ellyllon, Mold, along with a skeleton which later disappeared.

“It is a magnificent artifact. It has always been excellent that such a major attraction at the British Museum has had the name of Mold attached to it”, said Cllr Andrea Mearns.

“Its return will provide a welcome boost for the town. It is good it does tour and people from Mold can catch a bus to Wrexham to see it. Schools can visit it quite easily.

“There is a replica in the upstairs of Mold Library and people can see that any time of the week. It is also very impressive.”

It is understood that the last time the cape came to Wrexham was in 2005.

She added: “It needs 24-hour security and a secure building – something we can’t provide in Mold. Last time it came to Wrexham it was guarded constantly. You have to be careful.”

The unique cape is one of the finest examples of prehistoric sheet and embossed-gold working in Europe.

The JD Wetherspoon pub The Gold Cape in Wrexham Street, Mold, was also named after the famous artifact.

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum said: “We are delighted that this exceptional object of national and international significance will be displayed in Cardiff and Wrexham this summer and are hugely grateful to our partners, the National Museum Wales and Wrexham County Borough Museum, for their collaboration as well as the Art Fund for their support.”

The Mold Gold Cape was featured as one of the top 10 treasures in the 100 objects in A History of the World in partnership with the BBC.

It will be shown free at Wrexham County Borough Museum, from August 7 to September 14.