New book reveals the story of the Staffordshire Hoard’s discovery

The story of the Staffordshire Hoard’s discovery near Lichfield has gone on sale.

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 Anglo-Saxon gold finds made headlines around the world earlier this year and the new publication is helping to raise money for a bid to keep the treasures in the region.

Now available at selected outlets for just £4.99, at least £1 of each copy goes straight to the appeal fund.

The book tells the remarkable story of the discovery, describes the fascinating collection of objects it contains, and offers an initial interpretation of the treasure and its significance.

Burntwood man Terry Herbert was using a metal detector in a field when he began to unearth gold objects. It was a stunning discovery, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, glittering in the sun-light for the first time in 1,400 years.

Made up of more than 1,800 objects, the Hoard contains some of the finest Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship and artistry ever seen.

The book contains close-up photographs showing the intricate details of the objects, which include fittings from the hilts of swords, fragments from helmets, Christian crosses and magnificent pieces of garnet work.

Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins welcomes the new book. He said:

“This book will bring greater understanding and appreciation of the hoard, the ancient kingdom of Mercia and how it’s part of our county’s history.

“I’m delighted that when people buy the book, they are playing a very real part in the fundraising effort to bring the Hoard home for present and future generations of Mercians.”

Limited copies of the book are available at Stafford Library, Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford, Lichfield Library, Tamworth Library, Stafford and Lichfield Record Offices, Tamworth Castle and Tamworth Information Centre.

Copies can also be ordered direct from The British Museum via the Staffordshire Hoard website at www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk, where donations to the acquisition fund can also be made.

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