A medieval jug, stolen from Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton, has been restored to the museum.
The Wenlok Jug – which is made of bronze and decorated with coats of arms, badges and is inscribed with the words “MY LORD WENLOK” - was stolen during a burglary in May 2012 from a high security display cabinet.
Zurich, one of the UK’s leading insurance companies, insures the collection at Stockwood Discovery Centre and supported the Police in their investigation as well as offering a reward of £25,000 for its safe return. Following an in depth investigation the Jug, which was valued at £750,000, was discovered in September 2012.
However, before it could return to its home, the Jug required some minor conservation work and redesigned security protocols had to be put in place, both of which have now been completed.
Paul Redington from Zurich’s Major Loss Claims team said: “We fully realise the importance of the Wenlok Jug both to the museum and to the people of Luton, which is why we worked so determinedly and quickly to return this important artefact to its home. This irreplaceable piece of local history can now be enjoyed by future generations”.
Gloria Johnson-Ashman from Luton Borough Council commented: “Without the support of Zurich from the outset the recovery of the jug would not have been possible. The dedicated support and guidance has been invaluable”.
Karen Perkins, Director of Arts and Museums at Luton Culture added: “We are delighted that such a treasured artefact is going back on display for the whole community to enjoy.
“We have taken our time to make absolutely sure that all necessary measures have been put in place to keep the Wenlok Jug safe and secure, here, where it belongs.”