Secrets of the Lost Gold

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2011 by stokemuseums

Since the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 public interest in this amazing find has continued to grow. The first National Geographic documentary, ‘Lost Gold of the Dark Ages’, placed the treasure within its historical context and explored the mysterious era of the Anglo-Saxons.

This follow-up documentary, ‘Secrets of the Lost Gold’, takes the story another step further and reveals the painstaking conservation and research involved in the pursuit of unlocking its secrets.

This new film will be shown at the museum on the big screen on Thursday 15 December with a special guest appearance by Dr Kevin Leahy, National Adviser with the Portable Antiquities Scheme who features extensively in the documentary. He and Deb Klemperer, Principal Collections Officer for Stoke Museums Service, are members of the Hoard Research Advisory Panel.

Together, they will discuss with the audience the latest findings and theories regarding the Hoard after the screening. Kevin will also be signing copies of the latest book ‘Lost Gold of the Dark Ages’, for which he wrote the introduction. As there is limited stock of this book it is important that you reserve and pay for a copy at time of booking.

At a small extra charge visitors will also have the opportunity of viewing the Hoard by torchlight and see the gold dazzling in the darkness. Places for this are extremely limited and early booking is strongly advised.

Film 7pm, tickets £4.50
Hoard by torchlight and film 5.30 & 6.15pm, tickets £9.50.
All tickets must be booked in advance. Please contact the museum on 01782 232323 to book or e-mail


The Staffordshire Hoard by Torchlight – Children

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2011 by stokemuseums

Friday Evenings (time to be arranged at time of booking) Cost £10 a head, minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 children. Children must be aged 8 years and over and accompanied by parents/carers (at no extra cost).
Explore the Hoard by the light of torches and candles. Hear the exciting story of how the gold was discovered and what has happened since. Make a souvenir of the Hoard to take home and listen to the ancient Anglo-Saxon legends. Children will also be able to play Hoard related games and puzzles. Price includes free goody bag to take home.

This event is only available for groups/parties who must pre-book in advance. Please contact Cathy Shingler on 01782 232323 or e-mail

The Staffordshire Hoard by Torchlight – Adults

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2011 by stokemuseums

The Staffordshire Hoard by Torchlight – Adults
Friday Evenings (time to be arranged at time of booking) Cost £10 a head, minimum of 20 and maximum of 30 people An exclusive and intimate evening with the Staffordshire Hoard. Enjoy the glitter of ancient gold by atmospheric candlelight and discover the secrets of these historic artefacts and the latest findings.
The price also includes a glass of wine which can be sipped while listening to the exploits of Anglo-Saxon heroes and villains.

This event is only available for groups/parties who must pre-book in advance. Please contact Cathy Shingler on 01782 232323 or e-mail

Staffordshire Hoard Handlist Published

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 2, 2011 by stokemuseums

This collection shows early record images which were taken as part of the Treasure process, and that they have been made available to supplement the hand-list and be an aid to personal study. Clik Here for Flixr Photo Stream

Staffordshire Hoard Gifts

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2011 by stokemuseums

Ceramics inspired by The Staffordshire Hoard by the artist Anita Harris can now be purchased in The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Foyer shop or on line at Staffordshire Gifts.Ceramic vase By Anita Harris

The Staffordshire Hoard on tour

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 17, 2011 by stokemuseums

The Staffordshire Hoard on tour
14th January 2011
Glittering items from the world’s largest find of Anglo Saxon gold are set to tour Staffordshire this summer.

Exciting plans that will see a touring exhibition of star items from the Staffordshire Hoard visit venues across Staffordshire this summer are in the final stages of preparation. The exhibition, which is set to visit Stafford’s Shire Hall, Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle between July and September, will be a fitting way to thank the thousands of local people who donated money to help save the Staffordshire Hoard for the nation.

Speaking on behalf of the Staffordshire Hoard Partnership, Councillor Hazel Lyth, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, explains: “The temporary exhibition will take visitors on a voyage of Anglo Saxon discovery – from unearthing the story of the hoard from the archaeologist’s eye in Stafford, through to exploring the hoard’s links to early Christendom, the Lichfield Angel and the priceless St Chad Gospels at Lichfield Cathedral. In Tamworth, visitors will uncover more about the ancient seat of Mercia, the kingdom’s bloody battles, and colourful cast of characters.

Councillor Lyth continued: “Often with finds of this importance it takes years before they go on public display, so it’s just wonderful that we are able to tour pieces from the hoard around the region, so soon after it was discovered. The tour will be a fantastic way to say thank you to the thousands of local people who gave so generously to help Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke on Trent, acquire this exquisite treasure for the nation.”

The exhibition will open at Stafford’s Shire Hall on 2 July and close on 24 July. It will then visit Lichfield Cathedral, from 29 July to 21 August. Its final stop will be Tamworth Castle, opening on 27 August and closing on 18 September. Entry will be free, and visitor donations will help to continue the work to conserve, research and display the Staffordshire Hoard.

The displays are set to feature more than forty star items from the Staffordshire Hoard, including the pectoral cross, the biblical inscription and the ‘seahorse’.

To help bring the exhibition to life, teams at Stafford, Lichfield and Tamworth are working alongside colleagues at Birmingham and Stoke, including skilled conservators, researchers and museum experts. They are fine-tuning the meticulous security arrangements, developing 3D models, and creating displays that will explain the new exciting discoveries that are being uncovered, as part of the work to conserve and research the hoard. The teams are also working to raise the vital funds that will help to stage this six-week Staffordshire tour.

The £3.3 million collection, a completely unparalleled haul of gold and silver Anglo Saxon military artefacts, was declared treasure on 24 September 2009.

Since then, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke, which jointly acquired the treasure, have begun the delicate process of researching and conserving the hoard – including cleaning some of the most significant artefacts.

Staffordshire Hoard artefacts will remain on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery during the travelling exhibition.

The Staffordshire Hoard Partnership consists of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield District Council, Tamworth Borough Council, and Staffordshire County Council. Working together, the partners have succeeded in bringing the Staffordshire Hoard home, to ensure it is enjoyed and appreciated by as many people as possible. The treasure will benefit the region culturally, educationally and economically. In order for the hoard to be made available and accessible to members of the public, to learn from and enjoy, it must move through three stages: conservation, research and then display- through the Mercian Trail that will take the story of the hoard around the region.

Anglo Saxon Festival at Lichfield Cathedral and Close

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2010 by stokemuseums

A midsummer festival for all the family, celebrating the Hoard
Saturday 24 July


At Lichfield Cathedral and Close
Come along to Lichfield Cathederal to help celebrate Lichfields Anglo Saxon history, and the world’s largest find of Anglo Saxon gold: the Staffordshire hoard.

With activities throught the day from 10am to 4pm – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Step back in time and experiencwe 8th century life at our Anglo Saxon encampment.
Meet Regia Anglorum re-enactors, who featured in the recent National Geographic film about the Hoard.
Enjoy 8th century music.
Battle skirmishes.
Try your hand at Anglo Saxon themed crafts in our children’s workshops
Fire-making, leather working and more.
Story telling and music workshops for children.
£100 treasure trail
Guided tours of the Cathedral.
Refreshments, stalls and more.
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