Council Leader calls for Hoard to go on display near Lichfield

Some of the items which make up The Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities Scheme

Some of the items which make up The Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Leader of Lichfield District Council has admitted he hopes The Staffordshire Hoard will remain in the region.

His comments came as various local authorities began to stake their claims to be the permanent home of the collection of Anglo-Saxon gold items discovered by Burntwood man Terry Herbert near Lichfield.

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – where the artefacts are currently on temporary display – and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have already expressed an interest in securing the collection long-term, while Walsall have also staked a claim to be the final resting place of the items. A number of other museums outside of the Midlands are also expected to put together a bid to take on the collection.

But Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has claimed a location near to the site of the discovery should  take on The Staffordshire Hoard – a view echoed by Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council. He said:

“We hope our residents will get the opportunity to see artefacts of worldwide importance and that a permanent home for the collection, near to where the hoard was discovered, will be found in this part of Staffordshire.

“We’ve always known that Lichfield District and its surroundings are rich in Saxon history, and we’re delighted that this hugely important discovery has been made by one of our residents.

“Historians will no doubt be focusing on the area to piece together how such a magnificent hoard came to be buried so close to Lichfield.”

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