Ancient coffin breaks as child put in it at Southend museum – BBC News

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    Image caption A portion came out of the casket after visitors put a kid inside it

    A “traditionally special” stone casket was harmed when visitors to a museum put a kid inside it.

    Part of the sarcophagus toppled over and a portion fell off at Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, Essex, as the Southend Echo reported .

    Staff were “upset and surprised” at the “incredible event”, stated conservator , who now has the task of fixing it.

    Those accountable were captured on CCTV however ran without reporting it.

    The casket was discovered in the premises of the priory in 1921 total with a skeleton which might have been a senior monk, Mrs Reed stated.

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    Although currently in 3 pieces, the sandstone coffin has actually been on screen because the 1920s “and absolutely nothing like this has actually ever taken place prior to”, she informed the .

    BBC Image copyright Prittlewell Priory Museum
    Image caption The area to the right of the fracture was undamaged prior to the event

    The museum was extremely hectic on 4 August when visitors raised the kid over the clear plastic barrier and into the casket, apparently so they might take a photo.

    “Staff heard a thump which was the very first sign something had actually occurred,” Mrs Reed stated.

    “It was among those separated, horrible occurrences.

    “It’s a crucial artefact and traditionally special to us as we do not have much archaeology from the priory.”

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    Image caption The remains of the Cluniac Priory of St Mary’s date from the 13th Century and now house the museum

    The conservator for now needs to exercise ways to fix the damage so the casket can go back on display screen “as quickly as possible”.

    “It is repairable, which’s the good idea,” Mrs Reed stated.

    “Public assistance for us has actually been extraordinary as this is so crucial to regional individuals, however we will need to entirely confine it in the future.

    “You can put all the threat evaluations in location however you truly do not anticipate individuals to aim to enter the artefacts,” she included.

    Death customs Image copyright Prittlewell Priory Museum
    Image caption An area fell off the centre of the casket

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