Fundraising campaign launched for new Staffordshire Hoard finds - Museums Association

Fundraising campaign launched for new Staffordshire Hoard finds

Newly discovered artefacts valued at £57,395
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Rebecca Atkinson
A fundraising campaign has been launched to raise nearly £60,000 to ensure newly discovered artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard are saved for the nation and kept with the original find.

The 81-piece Anglo Saxon collection has been examined by the Treasure Valuation Committee, a panel of independent experts, and valued at £57,395. The artefacts were found last November in the same Staffordshire field as the initial 3,500-piece collection.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council, which jointly own the collection, have launched the fundraising campaign to purchase the newer finds, including a helmet cheek piece similar in design and size to an item from the original discovery.

The two local authorities previously raised £3.28m for the main hoard through a 2009 fundraising campaign led by the Art Fund and supported with a substantial grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Just over three years since the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the find site again gave up yet more of its stunning artefacts.

“Both authorities are now determined that the new pieces will also find a home in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent so we look forward to renewing our efforts to raise the sum of £57,395 to save the ‘new’ hoard for the nation."

People can make their pledges to support the acquisition appeal by visiting the Staffordshire Hoard website as well as through cash donations in collection boxes at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery recently received a £700,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help build a gallery specifically to house an exhibition of the Staffordshire Board.

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