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Part of Hinton St Mary mosaic destroyed?

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There was a post on another blog recently stating that when the Hinton St Mary mosaic in the British Museum was removed to make way for the building work involved in the Great Court that the central roundel was preserved but for the rest of it 'The museum simply got its staff to break up the mosaic with crowbars, completely demolishing it into a thousand pieces of rubble.'  (taken from the blog)

I contacted the British Museum and this was the reply I received this morning;

Thanks for your message and bringing this blog post to our attention. Our curators have confirmed the following information about the mosaic:

The Hinton St Mary mosaic is carefully displayed and stored at the British Museum. The centre roundel of the mosaic is on display in Gallery 49 while the other sections that were safely lifted from display by conservation staff in 1997, prior to the construction of the Great Court, are securely stored in purpose-made cases in the reserve collection. The Museum is keen to display this remarkable piece of Romano British history in its entirety. The full mosaic measures 8.1 x 5.2 metres so until a suitable permanent location be found to appropriately accommodate the mosaic, it is best preserved in its current locations of Gallery 49 and in storage.

Further information is also available on the British Museum’s Collections Online here: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=808670&partId=1&searchText=Hinton+St+Mary&page=1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/VfupdXVjTM6crACGDU-6uA

If you have any further questions, please do let us know.'

It's always worth checking as sometimes things can be misinterpreted. 

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  1. Nancie Mills Pipgras

    Thanks, Lawrence, for clearing this up. You're aces.

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