Mrs Coulter's Locket

Penny-sized gold disc on a chain on a blue background

Mrs Coulter's Locket

Gold circular locket incised with overlapping circles creating a flower pattern, hung on a chain.


This locket was worn by the character Marisa Coulter, in the BBC HBO television show His Dark Materials. Mrs Coulter is Lyra’s mother. She is a passionate woman who will stop at nothing to achieve her goals, no matter the cost.


She took one dark blonde curl and put it in a little gold locket she had around her own neck...the woman held it to her lips.
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman


To coincide with these film objects going on display, the museum is running schools sessions linked to His Dark Materials. These encourage students to reflect on the literary themes and characters in Philip Pullman's novels alongside usual interactions with the collections in the Museum and thinking about the many worlds represented through objects within the displays. Some quotes from young people about the character of Mrs Coulter are shared below. You can click on the images to enlarge them. 


I think Lyra absolutely hates Mrs Coulter, however there are small parts of Lyra which feel a family connection to her.
Theo, Year 8, Cheney School 



I think that Lyra feels cold towards her birth mother Marisa Coulter because she feels scared of her.
Jess, Year 8, Cheney School 


At first Lyra likes Mrs Coulter but then she starts to hate her and then at Bolvangar Mrs Coulter’s experiment nearly kills Lyra.
James, Year 8, Cheney School  


I think Lyra feels that there is a part of her birth mother, Mrs Coulter, maybe that slightly relates to her.
Selina, Year 8, Cheney School