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The Staffordshire Hoard

Staffordshire Hoard
Thousands of people have been attending Hoard events across the UK

The Staffordshire Hoard is to remain in the West Midlands after the £3.3m purchase price was met.

But there were a number of events in 2010 all to raise further money for research and conservation into this unique collection of Anglo-Saxon gold that was unearthed in a field in Staffordshire in summer 2009.

Talks, workshops and even some learner-courses on archaeology took place.

Events took place in Staffordshire and across the whole country.


Staffordshire Hoard exhibition
Over 50,00 people went to see the Hoard when it was on display in Hanley

Though The Hoard purchase price has been met, fund-raising continues in order to raise the nearly two million extra pounds needed for its proper conservation.

The hoard will go on show in Birmingham as one of the proposed highlights of the UK City of Culture Bid Programme of events in 2013.

A series of other displays will also be planned across the region in the next few years, as part of a 'Mercian Trail' that will explore the history of the Hoard.

Hoard Events that happened in 2010

Feb 16: Anglo-Saxon Stories at the Gladstone Pottery Museum.
Costumed re-enactors, the Poor Cnights of St. Chad, will be on hand to tell visitors about the life in the Anglo-Saxon period. 10am - 4pm. Free with admission.

Feb 21: Illuminating the Saxons at Ford Green Hall.
Watch calligrapher Kerry Richardson create illuminated manuscripts inspired by Saxon and Celtic knotwork. 1 - 4pm.

Thursday, 25 February: Ian Wykes, Cultural Environment Group Leader, who led the excavation of the Hoard, is giving two talks at Newcastle Museum . The talks are sold out.

Feb 27: Saxon Gold at the Potteries Museum.
Make a Saxon-style cross or brooch inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard. 10 - 4pm. Free

Feb 27: The Saxons and their Gold at the Potteries Museum.
See the Staffordshire Hoard and discover what life was like in Anglo-Saxon Britain as warriors from the Poor Cnights of St Chad patrol the museum. 10.30am - 4pm. Free admission.

February 13 to March 7, 2010: Around 120 of the most significant artefacts from the Hoard, including items never seen before, on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

Friday, 5 March: Trusting the Ground with the Treasure of Warriors - the story of the Staffordshire Hoard - a talk by archaeologists Ian Wykes and Stephen Dean with unseen footage of the excavation, and more about the ancient Kingdom of Mercia. At Lichfield Garrick Theatre ; tickets: £5. There will be two separate sessions during the day.

Saturday, 6 March: An Angel, a Book and a Crock of Gold, a talk on The Staffordshire Hoard & the Kingdom of Mercia - by Dr Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval Coinage at the British Museum.
In Lichfield Cathedral at 10.30am. Tickets cost £10.00 (£5 concessions) - details on the Cathedral website .

March 6: Staffordshire Hoard Study Day at the Potteries Museum.
Dr. Kevin Leahy and Dr. Roger Bland of the Portable Antiquities Scheme will discuss this remarkable Saxon find, giving their current thinking on the dates and origins of the 1,600 gold and silver artefacts.
From 2pm-6.30pm (includes a private view of the Hoard at 5pm). Tickets £15.

Saturday, 20 March: 'Visions of Mercia - The Midlands after Meltdown' a conference,.
Held by The Acting Witan of Mercia (who recently claimed the Hoard belongs to the citizens of Mercia) discussing their 'Blueprint for the Future, Inspired by the Past'. Speakers from the Acting Witan, Greenpeace, Optimum Population Trust, Transition Towns, Devolve!, the Mercia Bureau and the Regionalist Seminar. Admission free, booking not required, from 10.20am to 5.00pm in Hanley. See Independent Mercia website for details.

Friday 26 March: 'Saxon Gold: Finding The Hoard' - the film.
Screening at 7.30pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Call 01543 412121.

Friday 26 March: 'Saxon Gold: Finding The Hoard' - the film.
Screening at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery at 3pm and 6pm. In the museum Forum Theatre with an introduction by the film's executive producer, Richard Belfield. The cost of tickets will be £10 for Friday afternoon and £15 for the evening. Limited places so please book in advance at the Museum Reception Desk or call 01782 232323.

Saturday 27 March: Bargain Hunt:
Auctioneer Charles Hanson from the BBC's Bargain Hunt series is in Stafford to lead a fundraising day of a valuation and auction event. From 2pm to 5pm at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
Valuation with Charles Hanson is from 2pm to 3.30pm and the auction from 3.30pm to 5pm. Places are limited for the event which is free, but booking is advisable. To reserve a place, people should contact Kim Chapman at Staffordshire County Council on 01785 854073 or email kim.chapman@staffordshire.gov.uk

Sunday 28 March: Anglo-Saxon Encampment at Etruria Industrial Museum.
The Poor Cnights of St. Chad will be re-enacting life in the 7th Century when they set up camp at Etruria. The group will provide visitors with a fascinating insight into Anglo-Saxon food, arms and clothing. 12 - 4pm. And it's free.

Monday 29 March: Trusting the Ground with the Treasure of Warriors (2)
The story of the Staffordshire Hoard - a talk by archaeologists Ian Wykes and Stephen Dean. At Stafford Gatehouse Theatre .

Tuesday 30 March: An Evening with Dr. Philip Morgan of Keele University and Piva (the early music performers).
Leek & District Historical Society are sponsoring this fund-raising evening; tickets cost £5 - from Leek Library and committee members or £6 on the door. Takes place at The Swan, St. Edward Street, Leek.

April 11/12: The Great Burntwood Treasure Hunt 2010 - just buy a clue-booklet from the Old Mining College Centre in Burntwood for £5. The money will be donated to the Staffordshire Hoard Campaign.
For more information, contact 01543 308221 or follow the Twitter thread .

Saturday 24 April: Anglo-Saxon Hoard: A Talk by Steve Dean, Staffordshire County Council's Principal Archaeologist, at 3pm at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas. The Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion group of charities, is free to enter, but tickets (priced at £7.50, with no concessions) will be required for this popular event. Anyone wishing to hear the talk should contact the Arboretum on 01283 792333. Proceeds from the event will be shared between the Arboretum and the Hoard.

Thursday, 29 April: Anglo-Saxon Hoard: A Talk by Steve Dean, Principal Archaeologist at Staffordshire County Council, at Cuttlestones Auction Rooms, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge - at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets £3.50 in advance; all proceeds going toward the fund.
For further details visit Cuttlestones or call 01785 714905.

Saturday 22 May: Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service Archaeology Study Day, at the Kingston Centre in Stafford, will have presentations on the Hoard's Anglo-Saxon local origins by: Andrew Norton of Oxford Archaeology; Nick Taverna, who will be describing the results of an excavation in Lichfield; Andrew Sargeant, who will focus on the Anglo-Saxon saints of Staffordshire; Steve Dean, the County Archaeologist.

Wednesday May 19: Anglo-Saxon Hoard: A Talk by Steve Dean, Staffordshire County Council's Principal Archaeologist, at 7pm at Lichfield Library. Tickets for this event cost £4, with all proceedings being donated to the Staffordshire Hoard Appeal Fund.
For more information, or to book a place on this event, please contact Lichfield Library on 01543 510700 or email lichfield.library@staffordshire.gov.uk.

Items from The Hoard were also on display at:

British Museum in London from November 2009 to early February 2010.
British Museum - to 17 April 2010
Potteries Museum - to 18 April 2010
Birmingham Art Gallery - to 18 April 2010

Hoard show at Potteries Museum
13 Feb 10 |  History

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