Burntwood treasure hunt to raise Staffordshire Hoard funds

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

Burntwood residents are being urged to turn detective to help raise money for the Staffordshire Hoard fund.

A treasure hunt is being launched to allow people to have fun, while doing their bit to allow that the Anglo Saxon gold items can be properly conserved, studied and displayed in the region.

Although the £3.3 million needed to secure the Hoard for the region has been successfully raised, a further £1.7 million must be found before it can be displayed.

The treasure hunt is being organised by Lichfield District Council, in partnership with Lichfield and District Community & Voluntary Sector Support.

To take part in the event buy a clue booklet before April 11 from the Old Mining College Centre on Queen Street in Burntwood for £5.

Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said:

“After you’ve bought your clue booklet you will need to work your way through the eight clues, recording your answers, until you solve the last clue. The winner will find a hoard of treasure, generously donated by Alton Towers and the Lichfield Garrick. Good luck to everyone who takes part.”

The treasure at the end of the trail* is a family pass to Alton Towers and two tickets to see The Blue Room at the Lichfield Garrick on May 21.

For more information call 01543 308221 and follow the progress of the treasure hunt at www.twitter.com/hoardhunt.

Visit Lichfield will also be holding a treasure hunt in Lichfield on April 10 to raise money for the Staffordshire Hoard Campaign.

Anyone can donate to the campaign at www.artfund.org/hoard or by telephone on 0844 415 4004. Cheques can be sent to The Art Fund, Freepost LON 17186, PO BOX 2003, Kirkcaldy, KY2 6BR.

*A treasure token will be hidden between 11.59pm on April 11 and 10am on April 12. The prize cannot be claimed until 10am on April 12.

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1 Comment

  1. Steve

    29th March, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    This will be a great fun event with a great prize! Join in and see if you can work out the cryptic clues!