Royal appointment for Anglo-Saxon gold found 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

A huge haul of Anglo-Saxon gold found near Lichfield is set to get the royal treatment.

The Prince of Wales will today (February 19) become the first Royal to handle the Staffordshire Hoard in 1,400 years.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit an exhibition of 118 items from the Hoard at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor Hazel Lyth, cabinet member for economic development and culture, said:

“The Staffordshire Hoard has sparked the imagination of people from across the globe – the amount of treasures and some of the types of items have simply never been seen before.

“It is a wonderful glimpse into our ancient past and we are thrilled to give Their Royal Highnesses the chance to see and handle some of these treasures.”

The exhibition at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery includes 40 items of the hoard that have never been seen before. In the first five days of the display the exhibition attracted 10,000 visitors, including people from Essex and Cornwall and visitors from as far afield as South Carolina in America, and Sweden. The exhibition will run between 10am and 5pm every day until March 7.

The event is supporting a huge fundraising effort to acquire The Staffordshire Hoard. Councils in the region are working together to raise the £3.3m needed to buy the treasure before April 17. The Art Fund is leading a public fundraising campaign, and donations can be made at www.artfund.org/hoard or by calling 0844 415 4004.

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