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30th September 2009
The British Museum has said that it supports the acquisition of this unique find by museums in the West Midlands.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will work closely with partners to identify fundraising opportunities to permanently acquire the now world famous Staffordshire Hoard.
Cllr Martin Mullaney, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, will shortly announce a fundraising campaign to keep the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure in the Midlands.
Over 10,500 people queued to see an exhibition of selected items from the Hoard this weekend and museum staff reported continued high interest this morning.
Cllr Mullaney, who is keen to work closely with Stoke Museums, said: “I think it’s important to stress that the treasure has not yet been valued. That is the next chapter of the story.
“But the British Museum has indicated support for the finds ultimately remaining in the Midlands and once the value has been set, we will be looking at creative fundraising opportunities to acquire the Hoard for the region.
“Lengthy queues over the weekend and massive worldwide media coverage clearly indicate the huge amounts of interest in these artefacts and we believe these objects would significantly contribute to the ongoing development of our collections.
“To that end, I hope to shortly announce details of a fundraising campaign and in the meantime visitors to the exhibition can contribute using the collection boxes located around the museum.
Selected artefacts from the Hoard are currently on display at BMAG before being transferred to the British Museum for valuation on October 13.
After that, Cllr Mullaney hopes Birmingham, Staffordshire, Stoke and other partners can work together to jointly acquire the Hoard, returning it permanently to the Midlands.
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