A NEW exhibition retelling the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure, started a three-year tour of community venues across the West Midlands this week.
Four years since the discovery of over 3,500 objects and fragments of gold and silver garnets in a Staffordshire field, a team from Staffordshire County Council's museums team put the final touches to ‘Treasure - Discovering the Staffordshire Hoard’.
Staffordshire County Council, Philip Atkins said it was 'fantastic' the Hoard had returned to the county from where it came and where it would directly benefit the local economy.
“This is our heritage and we are extremely proud of our past," he said. "In 2009 metal detectorist Terry Herbert uncovered the amazing Staffordshire Hoard in Fred Johnson’s Hammerwich field that put Staffordshire on the global stage.
“In the original find, more than 3,500 objects and fragments of treasure was discovered and in late 2012, the Hoard field was ploughed again and a further 81 items were uncovered.
“Many hundreds of thousands of people have managed to see the Staffordshire Hoard and this touring exhibition will give even more people the chance to experience the historic and wonderful discovery."
The touring exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, features high-quality replicas of some of the treasure, video footage and interactive displays, with visitors able to try their hand at detecting treasure, cleaning a piece of the hoard and dress up as a 7th century Anglo-Saxon.
The first three venues hosting the exhibition are those closest to the find site, Hammerwich Community Centre, Chase Terrace Technology College and Chasewater Innovation centre with pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard still on show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle.