A new gallery uncovering the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard is now open at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. In this exciting new gallery, principally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors can learn more about this incredible treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the ongoing conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today.
Hundreds of pieces from the Hoard are on show, along with hands-on displays exploring how these intriguing items were used, before they were buried some 1400 years ago. Visitors can find out about the exquisite craftsmanship used to create the items in the hoard, and learn how the designs of the objects can be linked to many regions across Europe.
Younger visitors can get to grips with microscopes and see some of the unusual tools that a conservator uses while working with these precious objects. In addition, visitors can peek into Anglo-Saxon England in the ‘Mead Hall’ showing how a 7th-century Lord and his warriors once lived. Through traditional games, dressing up and story telling, young visitors will get a true feel of what it was like to live in this war-like time.
The Staffordshire Hoard is jointly owned by Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. 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 support the Staffordshire Hoard, you can call the Development department on 0121 348 8293, visit www.justgiving.com/Staffordshire-Hoard or texting STAF09 £5 to 70070.
The Staffordshire Hoard was acquired with donations from members of the public following a huge campaign led by the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. The acquisition was also generously supported by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Birmingham City Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Wartski, and many other trusts and foundations, and corporate philanthropy.
The major research project now being conducted on the Staffordshire Hoard is being supported by English Heritage and charitable trusts. The learning and outreach programmes are supported by a number of charitable trusts.
We are very grateful to the thousands of members of the public who donated towards the acquisition of the Staffordshire Hoard and who continue to support the conservation and research.
We would like to thank History West Midlands for their support and commitment to telling the story of the Staffordshire Hoard.
For a full list of our partners and funders http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/partners
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support for the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery from: