See the Staffordshire Hoard at Lichfield Cathedral
Following the successful acquisition of the Hoard and the hugely successful 2011 touring exhibition, the Staffordshire Hoard Partnership is committed to developing a Staffordshire Hoard Trail across the region to help bring the story of the hoard to life for residents, school children, students and tourists alike.
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What is the Staffordshire Hoard Trail?
The proposed trail will take visitors on a voyage of Anglo-Saxon discovery - from exploring ancient Britain's international significance as a trading hub, and early jewellery making at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, through to experiencing Staffordshire's own Anglo-Saxon history, and unearthing the county's early pottery history, in the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke on Trent.
The hoard's links to early Christendom, the Lichfield Angel and the Chad Gospels will be seen at Lichfield Cathedral. The trail will then move to Tamworth Castle, where the bloody battles and the history of the King's Seat will come to life.
A touring exhibition tells the story of the hoard through the archaeologist's eye and help spread the story of the Staffordshire Hoard, across ancient Mercia and further afield.
The development of the trail underpins the fundraising campaign's call to keep the hoard in the region, and also honours donations by people across the region, and their desire to see the hoard/aspects of the hoard close to home. It also underpins the community engagement and community pride ambitions of all partners.
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Where can you see the hoard now?
There are displays of the Staffordshire Hoard at Lichfield Cathedral, Tamworth Castle, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke on Trent.
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A crucial programme of research and conservation is being led by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, alongside experts from the British Museum and other top facilities.
The knowledge and understanding gained through this process, will provide the basis for the way in which the hoard in interpreted and displayed in the future, and through the Staffordshire Hoard Trail.
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Visit the Staffordshire Hoard website
Stunning photographs, video footage and a wealth of historic and educational information about the Staffordshire Hoard have been pulled together for the first time on the site. And over the coming months a gallery of images will be posted to show the Anglo-Saxon artefacts as they are conserved, in dazzling detail.
The site has had a complete makeover to mark the week of the one-year anniversary since the record £3.3m was raised to save the treasure for the nation.
The site was designed and built by Lichfield District Council, on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council, who own the hoard. The site is supported by Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council, and includes details of the Mercian Trail Partnership which is seeing all of the authorities work together to use the treasure to raise the profile of the region.
Sections of the site also explore conservation and research processes being used on the hoard, including introductions to the experts who are examining it, what work they will be doing and a blog which will be updated regularly by Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham teams. Visit the Staffordshire Hoard website