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29th July 2010
New artefacts on display for the first time at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
A new exhibition of the world famous Staffordshire Hoard at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, featuring never before seen artefacts, is attracting over 1,000 visitors a day. Twenty new artefacts have been added to the display in Gallery 16, and the change of gallery has also meant that the artefacts are now displayed to greater effect.
New items on display include a gold buckle, a torn gold hilt plate, a gold plaque with animal interlace and a gold mound bird and fish
Last month Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent transferred £3.3 million to the British Museum for the joint acquisition of the Hoard.
A lengthy process of conservation work will get underway next month and curator David Symons said: “With over 2,000 pieces, that’s going to be quite a job. We can’t just dump everything in buckets and scrub it. Everything’s got to be looked at and very carefully assessed.
“We’re looking for environmental evidence that might exist, organic evidence and so on. That process is going to take a couple of years and I’m sure the huge worldwide interest in this hoard will continue.
“We’re also planning for the longer term displays that we have here at BMAG and in Stoke and we’re talking to other partners about trying to set up what we’re calling the Mercian Trail, so that material from the Hoard will be in other venues and people will be able to go to other Saxon sites and see the Hoard in greater context.”
Thanks to the support of the public, trusts and foundations, and a generous £1,285,000 National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) grant, the find has now been safely secured for Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery and the Stoke Museums.
A further £1.7 million is required to create long-term displays in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent and to fund the conservation and research needed to unlock the wealth of information the Hoard holds about the history of Mercia and of Anglo-Saxon England.
There are a number of ways you can donate to the appeal:
- Visit Charity Choice to donate to BMAG’s Hoard appeal online.
- Send a cheque, made payable to “City of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Development Trust”, to the Hoard Appeal, Fundraising & Development Office, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH. You can help us gain more from your donation by adding Gift Aid on this form.
- Make cash donations in the collection boxes at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and at the Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent.
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