Lichfield urged to join Staffordshire Hoard fundraising effort

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

Lichfield residents are being urged to join the battle to bring the Staffordshire Hoard back to the region.

Following the news that the Anglo-Saxon gold treasure found near the city had been valued at more than £3million, Staffordshire County Council said the figure would allow them to start planning for the Hoard’s return.

Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council have formalised their fundraising partnership.

Lichfield District Council Leader David Smith also admitted he hoped the valuation would allow the process of bringing the Hoard home to begin.

He explained:

“This is great news and it means that we can start working in earnest, with our partners, to help raise funds to keep the hoard in the region.”

And Lichfield residents will also be able to do their bit by purchasing a booklet on the unique find.

Cllr Smith continued:

“As part of the fundraising people will be able buy copies of the stunning hoard booklet later this month at the Tourist Information Centre in the Lichfield Garrick.

“As this wonderful treasure was found in our district, not only will the booklet make a beautiful Christmas present, it’s also a great way for local people to celebrate our proud heritage and contribute towards the fundraising efforts, with £1 for every book sold going towards the Hoard appeal.”

A hilt fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities

A hilt fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities

Although the collection will be owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council, the organisers of the fundraising effort are urging everyone in the region to get involved.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney said:

“It is great to have a real target to aim for.  We are already talking to major potential funders to help us acquire the Hoard and bring it home to its rightful place in the ancient kingdom of Merica.

“More than 42,000 people saw the treasure when it was displayed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in September, and thanks to the generosity of the public we have already raised almost £40,000 towards the fundraising total.

“This will take a huge, co-ordinated fundraising effort and we have already been working hard with partners and had early discussions with fundraising bodies. We want as many people as possible to support the campaign and help ensure we keep the treasure in the region.”

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1 Comment

  1. Robert Johnson

    28th November, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Lichfield and Walsall should get together to keep the Brownhills Hoard as near to where it was found as possible and, for the revenue it could yield, it would be an excellent investment for both areas.