Staffordshire hoard by Unknown Artist

The Art Fund led the campaign to acquire the treasure for both Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.


Details

Medium:
Gold, silver, copper alloy, sone, glass, garnet, ?ivory
Dimensions:
Various dimensions
Art Fund grant:
£300,000 ( Total: £3,285,000)
Acquired in:
2010
Vendor:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Comprising over 1,500 pieces of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver, the Hoard is the most valuable Treasure ever found on British soil. Mostly military in nature, it is by far the largest find of Anglo-Saxon gold ever recorded, with over 5kg of gold and 1.3kg of silver. The craftsmanship and beauty of the pieces indicate possible royal ownership, and promise to transform our understanding of the lives of the Anglo-Saxon people, and the role the region then known as Mercia played in history. The purchase price was raised three weeks ahead of schedule and included an NHMF grant, the Art Fund grant (with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation), £900,000 raised from the public appeal (including £640,000 from Art Fund members and supporters) and £600,000 from trusts and foundations (including £520,000 raised through the Art Fund). 87 items from the Hoard are on loan to the National Geographic Museum, Washington DC from mid-October 2011 to early March 2012.

Provenance

Discovered by a metal detectorist in July 2009 and subsequently excavated by Birmingham University Archaeology Unit and Staffordshire County Council. Declared Treasure in 2009.

Venue details

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Bethesda Street, Hanley, STOKE-ON-TRENT Staffordshire ST1 3DW 01782 232 323 www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/pmag

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 11am – 4pm

Please see the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery website for Christmas opening

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