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Launch to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands

Subscribe to RSS RSSThursday, 25th February, 2010

A small selection of artifacts from the Anglo Saxon Hoard.

The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity, officially launched a £3.3 million appeal to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the region on 13 January 2010 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The Anglo-Saxon Hoard, the largest to be found in the UK, includes over 1,500 items comprising of gold, silver and precious stones, which are believed to date back to the 7th Century.

The treasure was uncovered in the West Midlands in the summer of 2009 and gives an enormous insight into the lives of Anglo-Saxon people and an understanding of the role the region known as Mercia played in history.

The race is on to make sure it can be experienced by all in its region of discovery.

The Art Fund is leading the campaign to jointly acquire the treasure for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. They are working in partnership with the Councils of Birmingham, Lichfield, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth as well as Advantage West Midlands and Staffordshire University.

If successful, the hoard will go on show in Birmingham as one of the proposed highlights of the UK City of Culture Bid Programme of events in 2013.

The Art Fund can be contacted at 020 7225 4804 or www.artfund.org

Queuing to see the Anglo Saxon Hoard at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.