Lichfield Cathedral to host lecture on the Staffordshire Hoard

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 Staffordshire Hoard is to be the subject of a lecture at Lichfield Cathedral.

Dr Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval Coinage at the British Museum will be giving his talk An Angel, a Book and a Crock of Gold: The Staffordshire Hoard and the Kingdom of Mercia on March 6 at 10.30am.

The Staffordshire Hoard was found near Lichfield in July 2009, and has made headlines as the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon gold. The exact date of the hoard is uncertain, but a late 7th-century date is the estimate. This corresponds with the emergence of Mercia as one of the major Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and the establishment of a bishopric at Lichfield, in the heart of the Mercian kingdom.

Dr Williams considers what the hoard tells us about Anglo-Saxon society at the time, and how it fits in with other Anglo-Saxon treasures from the region such as the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel.

A spokesperson for Lichfield Cathedral said:

“Come and hear this exciting story of its discovery and its potential to transform our understanding of the origins of the Kingdom of Mercia.”

Tickets cost £10 (£5 concessions) and can be purchased from the Book and Gift Shop, visit No.9 The Close or call 01543 306150. Proceeds from the event will be divided between the Art Fund’s campaign to acquire the Hoard, and Lichfield Cathedral’s campaign to restore the East End, including the Herkenrode Glass.

For more information visit www.lichfield-cathedral.org.

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