Hoard fundraising total reaches first million

  • 26 February 2010

As the end of February fast approaches, the fundraising total for the Staffordshire Hoard campaign has reached £1m.

So far, the total raised towards saving the most valuable treasure found on British soil is £1,080,000. Of this, almost £500,000 comes from members of the public.

The Art Fund is spearheading the campaign to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands. The charity is delighted to have reached this landmark figure, just seven weeks into the campaign, which began on 13 January.

The Art Fund’s Director Stephen Deuchar commented: "This is really excellent news, furthering our conviction that if the campaign continues to gather steam, we still can make the £3.3million by 17 April. However, there is much work to be done and we need as many public donations as possible – so if you’ve been inspired by the Hoard but haven’t yet donated, now is the time."

Until Sunday 7 March, visitors to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery will be able to admire 118 items of the hoard, including 40 artefacts that have never been seen before. The exhibition at the Potteries will run between 10am – 5pm every day up to and including 7 March.

Plans are currently under way to display the items in Birmingham, once the exhibition in Stoke closes.

Working together with the Staffordshire Hoard partnership, The Art Fund is leading the campaign to raise the £3.3m. All the money must be raised by 17 April in order to save the treasure.

Donations made via: www.artfund.org/hoard or by calling 0844 415 4004.

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