Assembly Government Not Enthusiastic For Return Of Gold Cape


The Welsh Assembly Government (AG) says they are not seeking the return of the important Welsh artefact `the Gold Cape of Mold’ for permanent exhibition at this time.

The Celtic League had written to the Welsh government querying the issue (see

Despite the lack of enthusiasm by the AG for ensuring the return of the Gold Cape the Celtic League campaign to recover this and other artefacts will continue – see Celtic Treasures link below.

“Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru
Welsh Assembly Government

8th March 2011

Dear Mr Moffatt,

Thank you for your letter asking if the Welsh Assembly Government is seeking the return of the Gold Cape of Mold to Wa1es.

The Mold Cape is a highly significant artefact which places Wales in a worldwide context. It is prominently displayed and promoted by the British Museum and is seen by millions of visitors. The Cape is an important`ambassador’ for Wales in its current location and we therefore have no plans to seek its permanent return to Wales.

In 2005, the Welsh Assembly Government was pleased to support a temporary exhibition, through its Sharing Treasures grant scheme, which enabled the Cape to go on display in Wrexham Museum. Through this scheme, we will continue to support museums in Wales to display important artefacts and to develop partnerships with other museums which make such opportunities possible.

Thank you for taking the time to write to me on this matter.

Alun Ffred Jones AC/AM
Y Gweinidog dros Dreftadaeth/Minister for Heritage”

See related link on Celtic Treasures website here:

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights
human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues.

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