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Hoard fundraising plans to be announced

Hoard fundraising plans to be announced

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will work closely with partners to identify fundraising opportunities to permanently acquire the now world famous Staffordshire Hoard.

And Cllr Martin Mullaney, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, will shortly announce a fundraising campaign to keep the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure in the Midlands.

Over 10,500 people queued to see an exhibition of selected items from the Hoard this weekend and museum staff reported continued high interest this morning.

Cllr Mullaney, who is keen to work closely with Stoke Museums, said: “I think it’s important to stress that the treasure has not yet been valued. That is the next chapter of the story.

“But the British Museum has indicated support for the finds ultimately remaining in the Midlands and once the value has been set, we will be looking at creative fundraising opportunities to acquire the Hoard for the region.

“Lengthy queues over the weekend and massive worldwide media coverage clearly indicate the huge amounts of interest in these artefacts and we believe these objects would significantly contribute to the ongoing development of our collections.

“To that end, I hope to shortly announce details of a fundraising campaign and in the meantime visitors to the exhibition can contribute using the collection boxes located around the museum.

“Museums these days have a good track record in terms of raising large sums of money to add to their collections, something that was clearly illustrated in the campaign to keep Titian's Diana and Actaeon for the nation.”

Selected artefacts from the Hoard are currently on display at BMAG before being transferred to the British Museum for valuation on October 13.

After that, Cllr Mullaney hopes Birmingham, Staffordshire, Stoke and other partners can work together to jointly acquire the Hoard, returning it permanently to the Midlands.

Notes to Editors

The Staffordshire Hoard is an unparalleled treasure find dating from Anglo-Saxon times. Both the quality and the quantity of this unique treasure are remarkable.

The Hoard was first discovered in July 2009. The find is likely to spark decades of debate among archaeologists, historians and enthusiasts.

The Hoard comprises in excess of 1,500 individual items.
• Most are gold, although some are silver.
• Many are decorated with precious stones.
• The quality of the craftsmanship displayed on many items is supreme, indicating possible royal ownership.
• The Hoard is by far the largest find of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. There is approximately 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver (Sutton Hoo had 1.66kg of gold).

Images can be downloaded from flickr via the following link.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/finds/sets/72157622378376316/

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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  • Issue date: 28 September 2009