A RARE Iron Age mirror could become the latest piece in a museum’s collection – but only if funds are raised to buy it.

The Dorset County Museum is appealing for donations to go towards the purchase of the Chesil Mirror, which is up for sale at £23,000.

The copper-alloy mirror was unearthed between Abbotsbury and Chickerell in 2010 in a grave dating back to the Roman conquest.

It is thought to be one of only 30 found in the UK, and is similar to one already in the museum’s possession, the Portesham Mirror.

Museum director Jon Murden said: “These rare and fascinating objects are significant because they tell us so much about power and wealth in Iron Age Dorset.

“We hope this appeal will encourage local people to support us so that we can buy the mirror and give it pride of place in our Archaeology Gallery.”

A series of fundraising events are planned, including a lecture by Professor Andrew Fitzpatrick of Wessex Archaeology, who will talk about the significance of the Chesil Mirror.

The event takes place on Friday, November 30, at 7pm and tickets, which cost £10, are available from the museum shop.

To donate to the appeal, cheques made payable to DNHAS can be sent to the Chesil Mirror Appeal, Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester , DT1 1XA.