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The Monique Slaven Room

Discover local pre-history and Swaffham's Anglo-Saxon past.

In the 1970s a Pagan Saxon cemetery was discovered in Swaffham. Some of the finds are on loan to us from Norwich Castle Museum.

Monique Slaven worked with us as a volunteer for many years until her death in 2018. She had spent over 20 years with her metal detector searching the fields in neighbouring Sporle. Her finds reflect over 2000 years of life in the village. Spend three minutes in the Museum listening to a recording of Monique as she describes some of her finds. The QR code below will take you to the booklet describing her finds. 

New to the display this year is a Flint Core. Possibly one of the finest in the country and found locally on Swaffham Heath. From this many hand tools were made. The Core and a selection of hand tools are to be enjoyed. We think the Core resembles an animal and so we are running a competition each month to choose the best name. Each month a Family ticket for one visit to the Museum will be given to the winner. Download the entry form below. 

In this room we also have the 16th century Communion Chalice, with its 19th century paten, from the ancient church at Houghton-on-the-Hill near North Pickenham and  a Roman ring found in the hedgerow by the church together with a mourning ring to Robert Say.

Sporle with Palgrave Collection Sporle with Palgrave Collection
Swaffham Museum The Monique Slaven Room
Pottery pieces Pottery pieces

Younger people may enjoy piecing together pieces of pottery in this room.