The Rudham Dirk

Norfolk Museums Service purchased the Rudham Dirk, an exceptionally rare and internationally significant Middle Bronze Age artefact. Having remained buried for over 3,500 years, it was ploughed up in a farmer’s field in north Norfolk. It will now be placed on permanent display in the archaeology galleries of Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

The Rudham Dirk, a ceremonial dagger
The Rudham Dirk
  • The Rudham Dirk, a ceremonial dagger
  • The Rudham Dirk
Applicant: 
Norfolk County Council for Norfolk Museums Service
Location: 
Norfolk Museum, Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JQ
Region: 
East of England
Grant awarded: 
£47,500
Year awarded: 
2014

Internationally important Bronze Age dagger saved for the nation Rare antiquity used as a doorstop to go on display in Norwich

A rare Middle Bronze Age weapon, one of only six known from Europe, has been saved for the nation with a grant of almost £39,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).