10 March 2022

Winter Lecture: Diana’s hound – statues and other bronzes from a Gloucester temple?

Join us at M Shed for the final Winter Lecture of the series and find out about a remarkable Roman hoard with the Revd Dr Martin Henig.

In 2017 two metal detectorists made an amazing discovery. They uncovered an exceptional Roman hoard consisting of over 200 items. These included fixings from boxes or caskets, pieces of a bronze plate inscription, several large sculptural pieces, fragments of a life-size metal statue and a complete statuette of a dog.

This lecture will discuss a remarkable collection of bronze, including the complete figure of a hound. The hoard probably consists of sweepings from a major temple, closed by decree of a Christian Emperor late in the 4th century. The Revd Dr Martin Henig suggests that the objects came from a major urban temple in, or immediately outside the ancient Colonia of Glevum. Doubtless these items were intended as scrap to be melted down, but fortunately for us that never happened.

Speaker: The Revd Dr Martin Henig lectured on Roman Art in the University of Oxford for many years, where he was a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College. He is the author of many books and articles on Roman gems and the art and culture of Roman Britain. From 1985 to 2006 he was Hon. Editor of the Journal of the British Archaeological Association. Martin currently serves as an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Oxford.

How to take part

The Winter Lectures are free but you need to book your ticket in advance. This Winter Lecture will take place at M Shed. Please note that this event is an in-person event.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the advertised start time to take your seat. Parking in the area can be difficult so you may want to allow extra time to find a space if you are driving to the venue.

Additional information

About the Winter Lectures

Bristol Museums have delivered a Winter Lecture Series between October and April every year since 1948. Past speakers have included many of the leading experts of their time and some famous faces.

Today, the Winter Lectures are sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives and are free and open to all. Lectures are all connected in some way to Bristol Museum’s amazing collections and cover a range of subjects including geology, natural history, archaeology, art and world cultures.