Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Book inspired by Museum collections!

West Briton Story is Tom O'Rourke's first book, which he started in his 50th year - following a promise he made to himself at the age of 17.

The author was inspired by the Roundway necklace in our collection (click here to see the necklace on the Museum website). The author's son, also named Tom, has digitally reconstructed the necklace for use on the frontispiece of the book and on the books' website.

The book, set in 6th century Britain, tells of a time of dramatic West Saxon expansion west and north, and the first moves towards settlement with the West Britons, all as seen through the eyes of Rhuadrac, the younger brother of the champion of a West Briton king.

You can buy the book from our website - just visit our Online Shop.