Staffordshire Hoard boosted by £20,000 Lichfield District Council donation

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 fund has been boosted by a £20,000 donation from Lichfield District Council.

The money will go towards the fundraising effort to clean and display the Anglo Saxon gold items and develop a Mercia Trail in the region.

Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said:

“We’re delighted to announce our contribution to the fundraising efforts. The announcement marks a milestone in the fundraising efforts for the Mercian Trail, which could see exhibitions in Lichfield Cathedral, Tamworth Castle, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Stoke-on-Trent Potteries and Art Gallery, as well as a travelling exhibition.

“We will also be developing ways for local people, especially those living in Hammerwich where the treasure was buried for around 1,300 years, to get involved with the story of the Hoard. This might include children’s workshops, talks, fates and festivals.”

The funding announcement follows hot on the heels of Staffordshire County Council’s and Tamworth Borough Council’s joint announcement to pledge more than £100,000 to the fund. Staffordshire County Council is donating more than £80,000 while Tamworth Borough Council will be giving £20,000 to the fund.

The Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral, added:

“We are delighted to hear of the generous contributions from Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council. Lichfield Cathedral is looking forward to playing a full part in the development of the Mercian Trail alongside other key historic venues such as Tamworth Castle. We are tremendously encouraged to see how well things are already shaping up.”

Lichfield District Council has pledged £20,000 to the development of the Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail that could see displays in Lichfield, Tamworth and further afield.

Lichfield District Council is proud to announce that it will be contributing £20,000 towards the development of the Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail. The money will go towards efforts to raise a further £1.7 million so that the Hoard can be properly conserved, studied and displayed as part of the Mercian Trail.

Councillor David S Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “We’re delighted to announce our contribution to the fundraising efforts. The announcement marks a milestone in the fundraising efforts for the Mercian Trail, which could see exhibitions in Lichfield Cathedral, Tamworth Castle, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Stoke-on-Trent Potteries and Art Gallery, as well as a travelling exhibition.

“We will also be developing ways for local people, especially those living in Hammerwich where the treasure was buried for around 1,300 years, to get involved with the story of the Hoard. This might include children’s workshops, talks, fates and festivals.”

The funding announcement follows hot on the heels of Staffordshire County Council’s and Tamworth Borough Council’s joint announcement to pledge more than £100,000 to the fund. Staffordshire County Council is donating more than £80,000 while Tamworth Borough Council will be giving £20,000 to the fund.

The Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral, added: “We are delighted to hear of the generous contributions from Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council. Lichfield Cathedral is looking forward to playing a full part in the development of the Mercian Trail alongside other key historic venues such as Tamworth Castle. We are tremendously encouraged to see how well things are already shaping up.”

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