Boost for Staffordshire Hoard Research at Birmingham Museums
2nd July 2014
Birmingham Museums has been awarded £84.5K by Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund for further research into the science of the Staffordshire Hoard. Funding will support two new specialist scientist posts, allowing for greater investigation into the elements of the Anglo-Saxon treasure, and allows Birmingham Museums to offer visitors more opportunities to meet with Staffordshire Hoard experts and discovery the story of the hoard
Today, Birmingham Museums Trust is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, supporting two new specialist scientist roles exploring the science of the Staffordshire Hoard. On 5 July 2009, amateur metal detectorist Terry Herbert discovered the largest ever hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure in a farmer’s field near the village of Hammerwich (Staffordshire). Nearly five years on, and the hoard continues to fascinate as research into the story and properties of the 3000+ objects continues.
Dr Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust comments; “The Staffordshire Hoard is one of Birmingham’s most important acquisitions in terms of its scientific and historic prominence. This support from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will allow us to carry out important research into this fascinating find.”
Sally Colvin, Museums Association comments; “The Collections Fund selection committee was delighted to award funds to the Staffordshire Hoard project. Birmingham Museums Trust put together an application that brought together specialist research into the Hoard with audience engagement – just what we look for.”
Alongside funding for two specialist scientist positions, this support will enable Birmingham Museums to offer visitors more opportunities to meet with those involved in research into the hoard. Visitors of all ages can enjoy ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Thinktank, and there will be a series of special events for independent adult learners.
In October 2014, a new Staffordshire Hoard gallery opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, allowing visitors to learn more about this incredible treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the on-going conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today.
The Staffordshire Hoard is jointly owned by Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. It was acquired in 2010 with the generous support of the Art Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, as well as the UK’s largest ever, public donation. Development of the new gallery has been made possible thanks to funding by Heritage Lottery Fund, Garfield Weston and Arts Council England. Birmingham Museums Trust is continuously fundraising for the conservation of and research into this unique find. To find out more visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk
Birmingham Museums Trust manages the city’s internationally significant museum collection and historic venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The city’s collection is displayed and stored at; Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Blakeley Hall, Museums Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle ruins.
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