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Campaign launched to save newly discovered Staffordshire Hoard treasures

Campaign launched to save newly discovered Staffordshire Hoard treasures

2nd May 2013

Newly discovered artefacts from the largest and most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found have been valued at £57,395.

Donate online to the Staffordshire Hoard Appeal 2013.

The Treasure Valuation Committee – a panel of independent experts which meets at the British Museum – carefully examined all 81 pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard that were found last November in the same Staffordshire field as the initial 3,500-piece collection. Their valuation of the artefacts has been formally agreed by the original hoard finder, landowner on whose field the treasure was discovered, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council – the two authorities which jointly own the original collection.

And now the two authorities have launched a campaign to raise money to ensure the new items are saved for the nation and kept with the original find.

The councils jointly own the initial hoard artefacts, after a £3.28m fundraising campaign in 2009 which was led by the Art Fund, and included a substantial grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, as well as a massive fundraising effort from members of the public.

Now Birmingham Museums Trust and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are again joining forces to fundraise for the new items, which include a helmet cheek piece very similar in design and size to an item from the original discovery and a cross-shaped fitting, decorated with cloisonné garnets that recall crosses from the find four years ago.

Councillor Paul Shotton, Stoke-on-Trent City Council deputy council leader, said: “It took a huge and very public fundraising effort to raise the money to save the initial Staffordshire Hoard finds. But the treasure captured the imagination of thousands of people, and incredibly the money was raised in just a matter of months.

“We were thrilled with the generous support, from major fundraising bodies, partner authorities and individual museum visitors who dug deep to fill collection boxes at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery here in Stoke-on-Trent and at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

“Now we are asking people to dig deep again and support us in saving these wonderful new finds that are a vital addition to the original collection.”

People can make their pledges to support the acquisition appeal online for the Staffordshire Hoard Appeal 2013 or visit the Staffordshire Hoard website  to find out other ways to donate.

Cash donations can be made by museum visitors in collection boxes at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Just over three years since the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the find site again gave up yet more of its stunning artefacts.

“The generous general public, valued partners from Tamworth, Lichfield and Staffordshire, with assistance from funders such as the Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund dug deep to help joint owners Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent City Councils to raise the original purchase price of £3.28m.

“Both authorities are now determined that the new pieces will also find a home in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent so we look forward to renewing our efforts to raise the sum of £57,395 to save the ‘new’ hoard for the nation."

The largest exhibition of the Staffordshire Hoard to date is currently on display at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has this month scooped a £700,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help build a gallery specifically to house an exhibition of the treasure. Both museums have permanent displays of the original artefacts.

The two authorities will also continue to work in partnership with Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council – which are supporting the fundraising effort – to ensure the story of the Staffordshire Hoard is told across the West Midlands region.

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