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Lichfield events to shed light on the Staffordshire Hoard

A hilt fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities

A hilt fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities

An unrivalled glimpse into the history of the Staffordshire Hoard will be available for visitors to two events in Lichfield.

Archaeologists Ian Wykes and Stephen Dean will be giving an illustrated talk about their journey of discovery at the Lichfield Garrick on March 5.

The duo will unveil exclusive unseen footage of the excavation and talk about unearthing the hoard, discovering its secrets and more about the ancient Kingdom of Mercia.

Tickets for their Trusting the Ground with the Treasure of Warriors – the story of the Staffordshire Hoard talk are available from the Lichfield Garrick box office on 01543 412121 or online at Tickets cost £5 and all proceeds will go to fundraising to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the region.

Then, Dr Gareth Williams, a curator at the British Museum, will give a lecture at Lichfield Cathedral about the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard and its potential to transform our understanding of the origins of the Kingdom of Mercia on March 6 at 10.30am.

Dr Williams will also explore the relationship of the Hoard to Lichfield Cathedral’s existing Anglo-Saxon treasures, the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel.

Tickets for the An Angel, a Book and a Crock of Gold lecture are available from the Cathedral Shop on 01543 306150. Tickets cost £10 (£5 concessions) and all the money raised from ticket sales will go towards the cathedral conservation work, including the Herkenrode glass, as well as to the Art Fund campaign to keep the hoard in the region.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, said:

“There is an absolute hunger for information about the Hoard. People want to know how they can get involved in fundraising. They also want to know the latest on what the experts think the pieces of the hoard consisted of and how they got where they were discovered.

“Make sure you book your seat at one, if not both, of these captivating events. Not only will you find out little known facts about one of the most exciting periods of our local history, which was steeped in battle, honour, warriors and gold, you’ll also help to make sure the hoard stays close to home. By keeping the hoard in the region, local businesses will benefit from the thousands of extra visitors the hoard is expected to attract.”

Over the coming weeks events and activities will be taking place throughout the West Midlands to raise funds to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the region. More than 80 of the most significant artefacts from the Hoard, including items never seen before, will be on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent between February 13 and March 7.

Donations to the campaign to keep the Hoard in the Midlands can be made via the official website.

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