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The Gold Lyre of Ur

Explore the 4,500 year story of the Mesopotamian Golden Lyre in five minutes. A startling instrument with its brightly shining bull’s head, gleaming lapis lazuli and shining mother of pearl decorations which was painstakingly recreated over three years by volunteers. Learn a little more about this amazing ancestor of the modern day harp with Accredited Lecturer Jennifer Sturdy.


Our Societies support hundreds of local arts and heritage projects. Each day we highlight a grant given in 2021.  

The Arts Society North Bucks is supporting the Olney Heritage Trail which is a joint initiative between the Olney Archaeological Society, the Cowper and Newton Museum and the local council. The project was delayed by the pandemic but planning and work to complete it is now underway.

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Very enjoyable talk. Most appropriate with the gold for Christmas.

Wendy Knott Fri, 31/12/2021 - 18:04 Permalink

What a treat! Thank you

louise Sat, 18/12/2021 - 15:41 Permalink

What a fascinating project. Really hope my Society book Jennifer 🤞🙏

Julie Goldsmith Sat, 11/12/2021 - 16:10 Permalink

Fascinating. Yet another delight in this Calendar

Sue Fri, 10/12/2021 - 17:10 Permalink

Hypnotic So pleased this kind of project takes place

Elaine Lewis Fri, 10/12/2021 - 08:06 Permalink

Just delightful. A wonderful journey thank you

Jill Allan Thu, 09/12/2021 - 23:32 Permalink

A delight, an inspiring project

Diana Gill Thu, 09/12/2021 - 21:12 Permalink

Absolutely transporting into another (past) world - the story. And the playing and singing sublime - thank you.

Gini Thu, 09/12/2021 - 19:42 Permalink

I am thrilled to see so many comments about my talk on the Gold Lyre of Ur, thank you. You can indeed see the replica, if you would like to invite us to perform. There is also a much longer lecture about it, details on the Arts Society website. Or contact me on

Jennifer Sturdy Thu, 09/12/2021 - 19:37 Permalink

What a beautiful piece of work,such an achievement

sylvia mccann Thu, 09/12/2021 - 19:17 Permalink