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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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Brilliant Thank you

Noel Buttigieg… Thu, 09/12/2021 - 09:31 Permalink

Thank you. That is an amazing story and a lovely way to start the day!

Christine Smart Thu, 09/12/2021 - 09:26 Permalink

Absolutely amazing to learn a little bit about the lyre & to clearly see Jennifer’s passion for the project.
The music was out of this world. Thank you.

Clara Thu, 09/12/2021 - 09:26 Permalink

What an amazing story and hauntingly beautiful singing. Thank you Artvent Team.

Roly Trevor-Jones Thu, 09/12/2021 - 08:45 Permalink

What a fascinating project - and what a glorious outcome! Congratulations to all involved.

Pip Burley Thu, 09/12/2021 - 08:33 Permalink

Another brilliant Advent post! Amazing Al-to-brief account of the discovery and recreation of the harp. And the music was sublime

Judith Keen Thu, 09/12/2021 - 08:29 Permalink


Elisabeth Gill… Thu, 09/12/2021 - 08:29 Permalink

Fascinating story behind the stunningly beautiful golden lyre. Would love to have heard more of the music.

Gail Thu, 09/12/2021 - 07:44 Permalink

What a fabulous experience of discovering the gold bull's head and the joy of putting together this finest instrument, and the extract of what the lyre sounds like.

Muriel Lowe Thu, 09/12/2021 - 07:25 Permalink