Milestone announcement for Staffordshire Hoard fund-raising effort

It was announced today that the National Heritage Memorial Fund has contributed a fantastic £1.285 million towards the fundraising effort to save the Hoard.
This donation takes the fundraising total past the £3.3 million needed to acquire the hoard which is terrific news!

It is absolutely fantastic that the Hoard will be returning home to the Midlands.  It is part of Staffordshire’s culture and heritage and belongs where Staffordshire people can appreciate it.  I’m thrilled.

Everyone needs to be congratulated on the fund-raising efforts so far, especially the members of the public who have made individual donations.

While this is an excellent milestone to reach the fundraising doesn’t stop there. Now a further £1.7 million is needed to ensure that the vital cleaning, conservation and research work takes place.

We are working with Lichfield District and Tamworth District Councils, and with the Birmingham and Potteries Museums to create a Mercian Trail that will make the story of the region, as the epicentre of the ancient Kingdom of Mercia, come alive and be accessible to everyone. 

The trail has enormous cultural, educational and tourism potential that can be developed through the story of the Staffordshire Hoard and I for one am very excited about the plans unveil the story throughout the region.

Work is also underway to develop a touring exhibition that would start life at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford and tell the story of the Hoard through the archaeologist’s eye.

We must remain committed to fundraising and im urging all of you to do the same. A reminder that people can book their tickets to a Staffordshire Hoard Auction this Saturday. Find out more here

Fundraising events are also listed at www.artfund.org/hoard

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