Staffordshire Hoard to star in American exhibition

  • 12 August 2011

American museum-goers are set to be wowed by Anglo-Saxon treasure later this year, following the announcement that the Staffordshire Hoard will be displayed at an exhibition in Washington D.C.

Staffordshire Hoard © Staffordshirehoard.org.uk and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Staffordshire Hoard

American museum-goers are set to be wowed by Anglo-Saxon treasure later this year, following the announcement that the Staffordshire Hoard will be displayed at an exhibition in Washington D.C.

Over 100 artefacts from the Hoard, which was acquired for the nation last year following an Art Fund led campaign, will be crossing the Atlantic following displays in Stafford, Lichfield and Tamworth.

The Hoard was discovered in 2009 by a metal detector enthusiast in Staffordshire. Archaeologists were astonished to find over 3,300 artefacts from the 7th and 8th centuries, mainly gold and silver, amounting to the most valuable treasure ever found in Britain.

The Art Fund led the campaign to acquire the Hoard for both Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, contributing £300,000 to the £3.3 million purchase price and raising more through trusts, foundations and a public appeal.

The exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages, will open from 29 October 2011 to 4 March 2012. Permanent displays on the Hoard will remain at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

Read more about the Staffordshire Hoard and our campaign to save it.

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