Boost for plans to bring the Staffordshire Hoard home

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

Hopes of bringing an historic collection of Anglo-Saxon gold found near Lichfield back to the county have been given a boost after the British Museum said it would not try to buy the items.

The news came at the launch of a temporary exhibition of the 1,662 pieces of gold and silver which make up the Staffordshire Hoard at the London museum.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council said:

“The British Museum confirmed they are not interested in acquiring the hoard and said that once the valuation is made, there is no suggestion that it will go anywhere other than Staffordshire and Birmingham.”

Staffordshire County Council has shown a firm interest in bringing the Hoard back to the region and has been working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council to try and secure the return of the artefacts.

Cllr Atkins added:

“This is excellent news for the county and the region and means we are one step closer to bring the treasure back close to where it was found. Attending the launch of the temporary exhibition in London was a fantastic reminder of the great excitement that the Hoard creates. This gives the bid work a real boost.

“Where and how the Hoard is displayed after the acquisition is vitally important. The work we are doing with partners on the bid proposal will make sure that it is accessible to as many people as possible. We want to share this treasure and the untold story of the Kingdom of Merica.”

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