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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.

All donations from the Artvent Calendar will go towards The Arts Society’s grant giving fund, which awards grants to help preserve our artistic heritage, support the skills of artists and makers, and improve access to the arts for all.

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What a wonderful achievement. Hope we can arrange a presentation at our local Society (Dukeries)

Margaret Thu, 09/12/2021 - 15:43 Permalink


May Lloyd Thu, 09/12/2021 - 15:20 Permalink

Have just started getting the Artvent Calendar today - am very pleasantly surprised!

jane Thu, 09/12/2021 - 15:00 Permalink

A wonderful blend of vision and sound. Haunting and beautiful. What an amazing idea. Thank you.

Mary Bradley Thu, 09/12/2021 - 14:33 Permalink

This was absolutely amazing. I loved the story of the finding of the lyre and what a fabulous idea to recreate it. The music and singing were fabulous. Thank-you

Eileen Swift Thu, 09/12/2021 - 14:33 Permalink

This was a most interesting lecture very well presented

Margaret Thu, 09/12/2021 - 14:14 Permalink

What wonderful story and a beautiful sound

Linda Thu, 09/12/2021 - 13:30 Permalink

What a fascinating project - and the music and singing an enchanting outcome - thank you .

Carolyn Thu, 09/12/2021 - 13:15 Permalink

Another happy start to the day, each one has been so uplifting, thank you for the calendar.

Tessa Oliver Thu, 09/12/2021 - 11:57 Permalink

Love the music and story of the beautiful ancient lyre- a lovely advent gift - thank you!

Anne Walker Thu, 09/12/2021 - 11:55 Permalink