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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.


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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 interesting

Cutajarlouise@… Thu, 09/12/2021 - 11:42 Permalink

The best advent calendar of all.
Brilliant every day.
Many, many thanks.

Reginald Tripp Thu, 09/12/2021 - 11:35 Permalink

I’m privileged to have been one of the musicians who played the Lyre with Stef, and I recorded the flood album. It’s an absolutely stunning achievement all round. Well done to Andy and Jennifer for having the vision and the persistence to recreate this beautiful (and surprisingly large!) instrument.

Mark Harmer Thu, 09/12/2021 - 11:33 Permalink

How wonderful, thank you! The music was amazing!

Carol Caiger Thu, 09/12/2021 - 11:31 Permalink

This was an outstanding Artvent gift. Many thanks.

Peter Ireland Thu, 09/12/2021 - 10:21 Permalink

What a project and a wonderful lyre. Thanks too for the link to 'The Flood' (in an earlier comment) wonderful to hear more beautiful lyre music and singing from Step Connor. Thank you

Helen HS Thu, 09/12/2021 - 10:15 Permalink

What a fascinating story, and a lovely gift for today. Thank you,

David Taylor Thu, 09/12/2021 - 09:46 Permalink

I felt pulled back in time - an amazing artefact and beautiful music.

Julie Ruffles Thu, 09/12/2021 - 09:39 Permalink

How beautiful

Patricia Thu, 09/12/2021 - 09:34 Permalink

Wonderful discovery, reconstruction and playing of the lyre. Thank you Jennifer for bringing us the light of knowledge of this amazing instrument and jewellery.

Valerie Maidment Thu, 09/12/2021 - 09:34 Permalink