Five Minutes With... Sara Wear

Curator of Human History, Warwickshire Museum

The South Warwickshire Hoard. A number of coins on a white surface, with a broken cup on the left hand side. | Photo courtesy of Sara Wear, Warwickshire Museum
The South Warwickshire Hoard
Photo courtesy of Sara Wear, Warwickshire Museum
Iron Age miniature bronze shield (dated to c.100BC to 50AD) | Photo courtesy of Sara Wear, Warwickshire Museum
Iron Age miniature bronze shield (dated to c.100BC to 50AD)
Photo courtesy of Sara Wear, Warwickshire Museum

Specialising in Archaeology, Sara has worked for the museum for 17 years and now manages all of the collections relating to Human History, from the earliest archaeological evidence showing the presence of hominids through to the present day.

What is the best bit about your role?

Working with some fantastic objects and being able to tell their stories.

What is your favourite object within the collection?

The Iron Age miniature bronze shield (dated to c.100BC to 50AD); it is from my favourite period of the past and I have a fascination as to why people miniaturised certain objects.

What is your most standout moment from your time working here?

Raising the funds (through grants and donations from our visitors) to acquire the 1100 plus Roman silver denarii of the South Warwickshire Hoard (and the pot they were found in!).

What does Our Warwickshire mean to you?

An great opportunity! It enables us to find out more about people’s stories and Warwickshire’s natural and human history, but also allows us to delve deeper into the stories contained within our collections.