Major boost to Cumbria Roman helmet appeal fund

Crosby Garrett Helmet The Crosby Garrett Helmet will be auctioned on 7 October

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An anonymous businessman has pledged £50,000 of his own money to save a rare Roman helmet found in Cumbria if the public matches the sum pound for pound.

The helmet, valued at £300,000, was found by a metal detector enthusiast in Crosby Garrett, near Kirkby Stephen, in May.

Tullie House Museum in Carlisle has raised £30,000 to buy the helmet which is due to be auctioned on 7 October.

It is hoped the donation will boost the museum's bid to keep it in the region.

'Rightful home'

Hilary Wade, of Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"The clock is against us but I believe we can do it. If everyone can give even a pound, the benefactor will match it.

"This will significantly increase the chances of Tullie House having the financial clout to be able to compete at the auction in London, and bring this helmet back to its rightful home."

The helmet is believed to be one of only three of its kind to be found in Britain.

The treasure hunter who found it has asked to remain anonymous.

It will be sold at auction house Christie's in London.

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