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Staffordshire Hoard Appeals

Treasury Appeal

Britain’s Largest Treasure Case

The Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in 2009 and is extraordinary in its scale, beauty and craftsmanship. The 4,000 pieces of Anglo-Saxon gold, silver and garnet include decorative warrior objects, such as helmet and sword fittings, and several important Christian items. A dedicated gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcases and explores the treasure, its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, and the ongoing conservation and research programme.

Amazing Artistry

Many of the Hoard pieces are extremely beautiful and incredibly detailed. The delicate decoration provides remarkable insights into the craftsmen who made and the warriors who owned these objects. Thirty-three of the most iconic objects in the Hoard are dramatically displayed in the Treasury section of the gallery.

Sharing the Story

Birmingham Museums is partnering with the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, part of Birmingham City University located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, to create exact replicas of objects featured in the Treasury. These iconic objects will be replicated with the help of complex computer-aided design and manufacturing technology. Some replicas will be skilfully finished by hand, utilising Birmingham’s long-standing tradition of jewellery skills. They will be displayed in the Treasury when the original objects are exhibited by other museums in the UK and abroad.

Capturing these objects digitally enables a range of replicas, including enlarged versions, to be produced for handling by visitors, including those with additional access needs. “Being able to handle a replica artefact and examine the intricate designs close up enables visitors to experience the Staffordshire Hoard in a new way, and also critically widens access to the Hoard” explains Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Coordinator, Pieta Greaves. Please Give to Support this Innovative Work

It costs between £3,000 and £16,000 to create each replica. We need to raise £150,000 to replicate sixteen key objects. To date we have raised sufficient funds to create three replicas: the Pectoral Cross, Cloisonné Eyes and Mystery Object. During the next few months we hope to raise £5,000 to create a replica of the famous Horse Head.

 

How to Donate

You can donate by sending a cheque to the address below, or call 0121 348 8293 to pay by card.

Development Office

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham

B3 3DH

Please makes cheques payable to 'Birmingham Museums Trust'

Donate online on the Just Giving page

Text ‘HORS31 £10’ to 70070

Please select ‘opt-in’ when using text or online giving to receive a thank you gift, or inform us if you do not wish to receive a gift.

Research and Conservation Appeal

The Staffordshire Hoard contains 5.094 kilos of gold, 1.442 kilos of silver and 3,500 cloisonné garnets. There is nothing comparable in terms of content and quantity in the UK or mainland Europe.

Since the find, a research and conservation programme, headed up by leading and notable experts in the field, has been launched and will be underway for many years. Stage 1 of the programme focused on the conservation and cleaning of the Hoard as a whole, and is now complete. The stunning results can be seen in the new Staffordshire Hoard gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Stage 2 of the programme will uncover the transformational stories behind the Hoard. Detailed analysis of craftsmanship and composition of alloys will allow researchers to fully understand processes used by the Anglo-Saxons in ways that haven’t been available before. Further analysis of metals and organics will also determine where and how pieces were made.   We are in the process of determining further exciting work for this stage.

In 2009 you helped us by raising £900,000 towards the acquisition of the original find of the Staffordshire Hoard. We now invite you to support this innovative research and conservation programme to write the next chapter of the Hoard’s remarkable story.

How to Donate

You can donate by sending a cheque to the address below, or call 0121 348 8293 to pay by card.

Development Office

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham

B3 3DH

Please makes cheques payable to 'Birmingham Museums Trust'

Donate online on the Just Giving page

Text STAF09 £3 to 70070 to make a £3 donation today

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.

All donations will go to Birmingham Museums Trust dedicated Hoard appeal.

To find out more, please visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk

  

Thank you for your support!

Birmingham Museums Trust (on behalf of Birmingham City Council) is the joint acquiring partner of The Staffordhire Hoard with The Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent (part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council). We are working with partners in Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield District Council, Tamworth Borough Council, The British Museum, English Heritage and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  The Staffordshire Hoard was originally acquired in March 2010 thanks to a public donations campaign led by the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art.

 

For further information please contact:

The Fundraising and Development Office, Birmingham Museums Trust

Telephone: 0121 348 8293

Email: development@birminghammuseums.org.uk