Major Exhibition Opens on 25 January
On 25 January, an archaeological exhibition of international significance opens at the Novium Museum in Chichester. Sponsored by national law firm Irwin Mitchell’s Chichester office, the secrets of one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of the last 30 years are now set to be revealed to the public.
Irwin Mitchell is acting as the signature sponsor of The Mystery Warrior exhibition, which tells the story of the North Bersted Man. Discovered 12 years ago and dated around 50 BC, the find is the most elaborately equipped warrior grave ever found in England.
The warrior was buried with a complete set of weapons, including a sword in decorated scabbard, a spear and a shield complete with bronze boss, plus a spectacular headdress with a bronze openwork crest, which is in itself a unique discovery.
The richness of the find shines a spotlight on a unique period in British history. The find is dated to the time of the Gallic Wars of 58-51 BC, which included Julius Caesar’s first forays into Britain.
The exhibition has been made possible due to Berkeley Homes donating the finds, a £50,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage fund and signature sponsorship from Irwin Mitchell.
Expert Opinion"We are thrilled to be the signature sponsor for this new exhibition about the Mystery Warrior. It is one of those rare finds that generates genuine excitement and will undoubtedly play a part in attracting visitors and putting Chichester on the map.
“This sponsorship is part of our commitment to supporting our community and Chichester’s rich cultural heritage, which all have a big part to play in the future success of our city.
“Having supported the 2017 Tim Peake exhibition at the Novium, it was natural step to play our part in supporting the museum in bringing this important exhibition to the public.
“We are proud to be involved in such an exciting exhibition that tells the story not just of Iron Age Chichester, but a country on the cusp of Roman conquest.” Paula James - Partner & National Head of Lifetime and Estate Planning
The exhibition officially opens to the public on Saturday 25th January.