500 Knot out

Hi folks, we are approaching a couple of anniversary’s  – one more recent than the last, but both steeped in history.

It is almost a year since the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard was announced.

This is without doubt the most important archaeological discovery in Britain of recent decades. It captured the imagination of the world and sparked a terrific fundraising campaign.

Most people think this campaign was successfully concluded when the Hoard was officially acquired from Fred Johnson, the landowner, and Terry Herbert, the finder.

That isn’t where the fundraising finishes however. We still need to raise money for the conservation and interpretation – that is the bit that will actually put the Hoard on display.

Work is still ongoing and you can expect it to get a higher profile as the anniversary on September 24 gets closer. The Hoard is now in the ownership of the Museums and Art Galleries of Birmingham Museums and Stoke-on-Trent. It will however go on public display in Staffordshire and plan to do this are advancing.

The second anniversary is the 500th anniversary of the Stafford Knot which is being celebrated by the Staffordshire Regimental Museum next month. Take a look here

This is excellent. One of the first things we decided to do following last year’s election was to reinstate the Knot as the symbol of the County Council, along with the traditional motto of The Knot Unites. It really does engender a sense of pride and unites a county that is in many other ways incredibly diverse.

 The new JCB Academy is holding an open day today which I’m looking forward to attending.

 I’ll update you on what I thought in my next entry.

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