A Word To The Wise, Do Not Place Your Child In A Coffin That’s 800-Years-Old!
Yes look, but dont touch! Curators are becoming increasingly irritated at museum visitors unable to follow this simple rule, but here’s why you should.
A family visiting a Museum in London got a little bit too comfortable with an exhibit.
An 800-year-old coffin was damaged on Sunday after the family put a child into it for a photo and knocked off a small piece, museum officials said in a statement.
Camera’s in the museum were able to record the culprits but they were unable to capture what exactly happened. The family was no help either as they left the museum without reporting the damage or taking responsibility, according to news reports, but it was discovered later.
“The care of our collections is of paramount importance to us and this isolated incident has been upsetting for the museum’s service, whose staff strive to protect Southend’s heritage within our historic sites,” Claire Reed, the conservator responsible for repairing the sarcophagus, said in a statement.
The coffin was found all the way back in 1921. Inside, it held a skeleton that may have once been a senior monk, according to the BBC.
The museum does have the broken piece and plan on using special adhesive to repair the coffin.