From left, Paul Smith, Diane Smith, Oliver Bone (Lynn Museum curator), Richard Smith, Eric King and Judy Cross. Inset: One of the brooches. Pictures: Kevin Elfleet.

AN EXHIBITION of two Anglo-Saxon brooches found at Pentney has been extended by six weeks at Lynn Museum.

The brooches, on loan from the British Musuem since January, will now be on show until Sunday, May 14 after the exhibition proved popular with visitors.

William King, of Derehmam, discovered the six Pentney Brooches while digging a grave in the village churchyard in 1977.

Their significance was realised several years later when they were taken to the Castle Museum in Norwich for identification.

They were later declared a treasure trove and became part of the British Museum collections in London.

Relatives of Mr King came face-to-face with the treasures for the first time during a family viewing of brooches at Lynn Museum last month.

Museum curator Oliver Bone said “We are delighted that the trustees of the British Museum have agreed to the Lynn Museum displaying these important objects close to their original find spot and extending the loan for an additional period.

“I am very pleased that visitors have been enjoying seeing them in the museum.”

A spokesman said visitors had been astonished by the fine metalworking and intricate patterns fashioned by Anglo-Saxon craftsmen in about 800AD.

“The mus-eum team hopes that visitors will be able to take this extra opportunity to see these fine brooches,” the spokesman added.

The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, until March 31.

From April 1 to May 14, it will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sundays, noon to 4pm.

Entry to the museum is free until March 31.