1996 Becket Chasse

The NHMF used its powers to help the V&A acquire the casket with a grant of £3.65million. The Chasse dates from around 1190 and is one of the earliest and finest examples of its kind to survive. It depicts the martyrdom and burial of St Thomas a Becket. In 1997, it formed the centrepiece of a special exhibition about the saint in Canterbury Cathedral.