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Gold hoard at the Potteries Museum



Members of the public admiring the Staffordshire hosrd

After months of wrangling and campaigning, the Staffordshire Hoard is finally back where some say it belongs.

And thousands of people are expected to visit the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley to see the display of Anglo-Saxon gold.

The exhibition runs for three weeks from Saturday, 13 February until Sunday, 7 March 2010.

But for those of you who can't make it, we've put this webpage together so you can have your own view.

Remember the buzz there was when it was discovered in a farmer's field in south Staffordshire in July 2009?

Biggest collection ever found

What started with a few beeps on Terry Herbert's metal detector turned out to be the biggest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

Fifteen hundred pieces were recovered and around 120 of them form the centrepiece of the exhibition at the Potteries Museum.

Entry is free but Stoke-on-Trent City Council is hoping this will encourage people to add to the fund to keep the hoard here.

Campaigners need to raise £3.3m to make sure that it's not split up and sold to private collectors, but with two months to go, the fund is still more than £2m short of its target.

Many of the first visitors to the exhibition remarked how tiny and delicate the gold appeared.

Others were also taken aback at how intricate some of the designs were and the overall quality of the metalworking.

But almost all reiterated the need for the hoard to remain in the Midlands.

Celebrity backers

Many high profile names have insisted that the hoard should stay including party leaders Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

They've been joined by the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Time Team presenter Tony Robinson and the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman.

So if you can, take a sneak peak yourself and help to keep the Staffordshire Hoard near to the place where it was buried and found.




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