Staffordshire Hoard Partnership

In 2010 the Art Fund successfully led the campaign to jointly acquire the Staffordshire Hoard for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

We worked in partnership with the councils of Birmingham, Lichfield, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth as well as Advantage West Midlands, Staffordshire University, British Museum, Museums Libraries and Archives Council and the Government Office for the West Midlands.

Working together, the partners succeeded in bring the Staffordshire Hoard home to the region of its discovery ensured that it can be enjoyed and appreciated by as many people as possible. The treasure is of benefit to the region culturally, economically and educationally.

In the summer of 2011 a series of displays are planned across the region. More information about the tour.

£3.3million was raised by the Partnership to acquire the Hoard for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery but fundraising is ongoing for the longer term conservation, interpretation and display of the treasure.

The Hoard is not only an incomparable treasure – it is a gateway to a greater understanding of the Kingdom of Mercia and the lives of Anglo-Saxon people.

About our partners

We are incredibly proud that the Hoard was found within our district in Hammerwich, a beautiful village just on the outskirts of Lichfield City. We were equally proud to work alongside our local and regional partners to help keep the Hoard within the region, for the benefit of both local people and visitors. We are delighted that Lichfield District will feature as part of a proposed ‘Mercian trail’ which will take visitors on a tour of the region, whilst exploring different elements of the Hoard’s history. Through this work, we are hopeful that we will be able to bring the Hoard’s history to life, within the district over the coming years. In particular, we are keen to explore the links to early Christendom through the Hoard and other notable Anglo Saxon finds, including the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel, which are on display at Lichfield Cathedral. We are also keen to discover more about the potential Anglo-Saxon settlements that may have been located in and around Lichfield, as well as the links to the village of Hammerwich.

Staffordshire County Council is responsible for protecting the physical remains of Staffordshire’s past whether this is archaeological sites, monuments, historic buildings or even whole historic landscapes. The county’s archaeological team led the recovery of the hoard after it was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The county council has also carried out further work at the find-site to find more archaeological context for the discovery, and is working with other Staffordshire authorities (Lichfield and Tamworth initially) to maximise the cultural, economic and education possibilities offered by the Hoard.

Tamworth Borough Council is enormously pleased that the Hoard has been kept in the region. Tamworth was once the ancient capital of Mercia and the home of Saxon royalty and military might. The Staffordshire Hoard has enabled Tamworth to bring our heritage to to a wider audience on the world stage. We are excited about featuring as part of a proposed ‘Saxon trail’ which will take visitors on a tour of the region including Tamworth castle.

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG), run by Birmingham City Council, is the largest local authority museum service in England, attracting around 750,000 visitors each year across seven sites. With over half a million objects, BMAG holds one of the great publicly owned collections in Europe, encompassing prehistory, the ancient and classical worlds, fine and applied art, Birmingham history, world cultures, science, industry and the natural world. Our fine and decorative art, and our history collections have been “designated” as pre-eminent and our Collecting Policy includes provision to acquire objects of pre-eminent quality that contribute to the breadth, range and quality of our collections.

The Anglo-Saxon material in BMAG collections - all from the wider West Midlands region includes jewellery, spearheads and other items from burial sites in Worcestershire, material related to the lower/middle strata of society. We also hold Saxon and Mediaeval coinage, including coins minted at Tamworth and Stafford. Acquisition of the Hoard adds material from the highest echelons of Saxon society and considerably develops the range and quality of our holdings.

We are working together with the British Museum on the conservation of the Hoard and in collaboration with the Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent and a range of other partners on establishing a programme of research work related to the discovery of these incredible finds. Our long-term display plans are to develop a permanent gallery in Birmingham showing and interpreting the Anglo-Saxons and the finds in a national and European/World context, drawing in material from our existing Saxon collections and elsewhere. Additionally, we are collaborating with our partners in Tamworth, Lichfield and Staffordshire on the development of the ‘Mercian Trail’ across the region.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is delighted to have jointly acquired The Staffordshire Hoard with Birmingham City Council to ensure the treasure remains in the area in which it was found. The council's museums service is the repository for archaeological remains recovered from across Staffordshire, including the area where the hoard was discovered.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has the finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics in the world. It holds a designated collection of archaeological material that is widely acknowledged as being of both national and international importance and the best in the region. It has several significant Saxon metal finds as well as a tonne-and-a-half of Saxon-Norman pottery made in Staffordshire. The museum holds the national post-medieval pottery reference collection.

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