Birmingham home for Staffordshire Hoard gallery

Date Posted: 05/06/2014

This October a new gallery uncovering the story of the discovery of the famous Anglo-Saxon treasure opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

From 16th October, school groups visiting the museum can learn more about the Staffordshire Hoard, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history to the ongoing conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today.

Hundreds of pieces from the hoard will be on show, along with hands-on displays exploring how the items were used, before they were buried some 1,500 years ago.

School visitors will discover what conservators really do. Pupils 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, children 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 storytelling, young visitors should get a true feel of what it was like to live during that time.

The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard

The Staffordshire Hoard was discovered near the village of Hammerwich, Staffordshire, in 2009 by local metal detectorist Terry Herbert, with further items excavated by archaeologists in 2012.

It remains Britain’s largest treasure case, and one of the most important Anglo-Saxon finds ever made, consisting of gold, silver and garnet decorative fittings dating to the seventh century AD. 

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Pictured: Artist’s impression of Staffordshire Hoard Gallery opening at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery October 2014.

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