• February 21, 2011

The Celtic League has written to the Welsh Heritage Minister asking if efforts nare being made to have the Gold Cape of Mold returned to Wales. The Minister is also asking if it is the Welsh government’s policy to see ownership of the
artefact vested in the people of Wales (see below):

“Alun Ffred Jones
Minister for Heritage
Welsh Government
Cathays Park


Dear Minister,

I am writing to ask if the Welsh Government has made any approach to the United Kingdom government or its cultural institutions seeking the return to Wales of the Gold Cape of Mold for permanent exhibition in Wales with ownership vested in the Welsh people.

In recent years there have been examples of exhibits and artefacts whose stewardship has been held outside their countries of origin being returned. Most recently several thousand artefacts were the subject of such a transfer from the United States to Latin America.

The retention of artefacts taken from the Celtic countries in institutions in London is I feel sure you will agree inappropriate in this day and age particularly when their insignificance as part of some conglomerate of looted treasures from the colonial period would be outweighed by their significance as a prime exhibit of great value in their country of origin.

For information the Celtic League is pursuing the return of a number of artefacts and items of cultural significance to their countries of origin.

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”

See related link on Celtic Treasures website here:


J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


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