Appeal underway to keep Leekfrith Torcs in Staffordshire

Back in February, people worldwide were amazed at the story of how two friends struck gold in a field in Leek.  But, this isn’t the first time the mention of treasure and a Staffordshire field

Torcs discovered in Staffordshire

have made the headlines – with the Staffordshire Hoard springing to mind!

The four intricate artefacts that make up the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs were an amazing find and are believed to be the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain.  I blogged about this earlier in the year at Staffordshire Strikes Gold again and hits the national headlines

Now, a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise £325,000 to save for the nation the ancient jewellery.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, and its friends organisation are leading the campaign and already have a track record in saving unparalleled artefacts and world-leading treasures. These include the Staffordshire Hoard – the largest and most valuable collection of Anglo Saxon treasure ever discovered, and the Wedgwood First Day’s Vase, made by Josiah Wedgwood himself on the opening day of his Etruria pottery works in 1769.

We only have until 5 December 2017 to raise the money and I am urging residents, businesses and organisations to step forward and show their support.  People can show their support and make a donation here.

You can also watch interviews with the two metal-detectorists who made the discovery here.

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