VISITORS to Plymouth next year will be able to see the UK's largest cast bronze sculpture.

The BBC reports that the seven metre sculpture, called Messenger, which was inspired by an actor's on-stage pose, will be installed outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The sculptor Joseph Hillier, claimed he was inspired to create it by an actor rehearsing Shakespeare's Othello at the theatre.

He commented: “This work offers a young, powerful woman, a potent force about to transform the world by her actions. The actor carries the voice of her playwright or director - she carried a message. It's a metaphor for what great theatre does.”

More than 200 bronze panels are being welded together for the piece which will weigh nine and a half tonnes.

It is set to be unveiled at the Theatre Royal in spring next year as part of its £7.5m regeneration project.

 

 

Lavish burial sites for women from the fifth and sixth centuries have been discovered by archaeologists in Lincolnshire, says The Guardian.

Items recovered include jewellery made from amber, silver and glass as well as personal grooming items such as tweezers.

The dig of the cemetery, containing 20 burials, was carried out over the summer by international volunteers, Sheffield University students and members of the RAF, after a local metal detectorist discovered a number of Anglo-Saxon artefacts, including copper gilded brooches, iron shield bosses and spear heads.

Dr Hugh Willmott, senior lecturer in European historical archaeology from Sheffield University, said: “These women wore necklaces made from sometimes hundreds of amber, glass and rock crystal beads, used personal items such as tweezers, carried fabric bags held open by elephant ivory rings, and wore exquisitely decorated brooches to fasten their clothing.”

 

 

Leigh-on-Sea in Essex has been named the happiest place to live in the UK, says the Daily Mail.

The town, close to Southend on the north bank of the Thames estuary, scored highly on several factors, including having a sense of community spirit, good work opportunities, and residents being happy with the local restaurants and shops.

Valerie Morgan, chair of Leigh-on-Sea town council, said: “Leigh is a very pleasant place to live, we are very close to the sea and there are plenty of opportunities for people to get out and get some fresh air.

“We're all quite friendly here. People like to pass the time of day with one another, rather than ignore each other.”

 

 

The Metro tells us about Derby man Karl Martin who had been using a 4,000 year old ancient relic from Afghanistan to store his tooth brush!

Karl, who had been using the pot for the past six years, explained: “It was bought from a car boot sale. I liked it straight away. I suspected it might be very old but forgot all about it. ‘

He only found out the pot was from the Bronze Age after taking it to a friend to look at. After getting brought up to speed he decided to sell the pot at auction for £80, having purchased it for just £4.

 

 

Interesting piece of news in The Guardian for poetry lovers...a previously unrecorded handwritten manuscript of John Donne’s,dating back 400 years, has been found in a box at Melford Hall in Suffolk.

Sotheby’s expert Dr Gabriel Heaton was on a “standard checking visit” to the property when he found it in a box with other papers.

“Nobody knew about it … it was tucked away in a corner, collected with loose archival material around the house and not identified as being by Donne. It was a wonderful and exciting moment.”

The 17th century poet is regarded as the author of some of the English language’s most enduring poetry.

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