Joint display signals return of Anglo-Saxon hoard

  • 10 March 2010

A selection of 59 items from the Staffordshire Hoard will be on display in Birmingham from 13 March 2010. The items from the world's largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure include helmet fragments with animal decorations and warriors, previously unseen in Birmingham, and a crumpled gold cross and a red garnet stud.

A further 59 items will be displayed at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, including a delicate filigree gold horse’s head, a gold strip with a biblical inscription and a crumpled gold plaque with ornate fish and bird heads.

The two displays will run from 13 March to 18 April and are part of a massive fundraising campaign, spearheaded by independent charity The Art Fund, to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the West Midlands. While the exhibitions are running, 10 of the items will be shown at fundraising events in London. These will then return to be on display in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham.

A target of £3.3m needs to be reached by 17 April deadline. Please donate at www.artfund.org/hoard or call 0844 415 4004

The Staffordshire Hoard attracted over 40,000 visitors to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery throughout its 19 day display in October last year. It attracted 52,500 visitors to The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent during a 23-day exhibition which ran until 7 March. The display in Stoke-on-Trent raised over £152,000 towards the fundraising total to acquire the hoard.

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