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Staffordshire Hoard returns to Birmingham

Prince Charles and Camilla inspect the Staffordshire Hoard gold at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Royal visitors inspected the Staffordshire Hoard last month

More than 60 items from the Staffordshire Hoard have gone on display again in Birmingham.

Queues of visitors returned to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to see the largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure along with several new pieces.

More than 40,000 people saw pieces from the collection when it went on show in the city in September.

Nearly 70 items are now also on show at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent. Both displays will run until 18 April.

Divided up

The hoard was discovered in a field in Staffordshire by metal-detecting enthusiast Terry Herbert in July.

Last month the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall viewed items at the Potteries Museum as part of Stoke-on-Trent's six-town federation centenary celebrations.

A recent display at the museum raised £152,000 towards a campaign target of £3.3m to help the hoard remain in the West Midlands.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working with Birmingham City Council to raise £3.3m to buy the hoard by 17 April.

If that target is not reached, the collection could be divided up and sold to private collectors.

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