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+Treasures showcased over 50 fascinating objects and artefacts that were found in churches across the Diocese of Bath & Wells. The exhibition invited visitors to delve deeper behind a physical object and discover fascinating stories, facts and surprises that spanned the 13th century to the present day.

Some of the objects had survived centuries, hidden from image-breakers and vandals. Others simply lost, and it was their accidental discovery that made them precious. Others were crafted by artists using valuable materials to celebrate the defining rituals of the church. There were even connections to past kings and bishops.

A few of the breathtaking objects on display included:
  • A Dragon Weathervane that survived a World War II blitz.
  • The Spear of Aller, which was supposedly from the Legend of the Great dragon of Aller near Langport.
  • A stuffed swift, a symbol of thanksgiving following a severe storm which hit a church mid-service causing the pinnacle of the church to collapse and sadly killing a little swift, the only fatality.
  • A 'St. Nicholas' sculpture by the 20th century artist Rachel Reckitt
  • A Funerary Helmet stolen from a Somerset church in 1973 which found its way to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
  • A Charles II bearing cloth made of coral spitalfields silk and silver metal lace.

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