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26th November 2009
The final evaluation for the Staffordshire Hoard is welcomed following agreement
Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and have welcomed the final valuation of the Staffordshire Hoard of £3.285 million.
The Treasure Valuation Committee, which met in London on Wednesday 25th November, recommended the value to the Secretary of State and this has now been agreed with Birmingham and Stoke City Councils as well as the finder and landowner of the Hoard.
Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport and Culture; Cllr Martin Mullaney said;
"It is great to have a real target to aim for. We are already talking to major potential funders to help us acquire the hoard and bring it home to it’s rightful place in the ancient kingdom of Mercia.
"Over 42,000 people saw the treasure when it was displayed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in September, and thanks to the generosity of the public we have already raised almost £40,000 towards the fundraising total.
"This will take a huge, co-ordinated fundraising effort to raise, and we have already been working hard with partners and had early discussions with fundraising bodies. We want as many people as possible to support the campaign and help ensure we keep the treasure in the region."
The two authorities will jointly acquire the treasure, and have now been given four months to raise the funds. There will be a further public appeal to increase the £40,000 already raised through public donations, and an initial book on the find has also been produced with £1 donation from each sale going to the Hoard appeal.
Councillor Hazel Lyth, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for enterprise and culture, said: "We welcome the valuation of the committee. But now the real work must begin. We are working jointly with Birmingham City Council to acquire the treasure, and only have a limited amount of time to raise the funds.
The fundraising campaign has already gained the support of Government Office West Midlands and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. The two authorities have already been involved in talks with funding bodies the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund.
A selection of around 80 of the most significant artefacts, including items that have yet to be seen in public, will go on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent from February 13.
Collection boxes for public donations are available in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery for donations or online.
The book by Dr Kevin Leahy and Roger Bland from the British Museum is available from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery shop, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent and online at the British Museum Shop. It retails at £4.99 with a £1 from each sale going towards the Hoard appeal.
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