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Councils donate £100,000 to Staffordshire Hoard fund

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

Two councils have announced their intention to donate £100,000 to the Staffordshire Hoard fund.

The unique discovery of Anglo Saxon gold was unearthed in a field near Lichfield and although £3.3million has already been raised to keep the artefacts in the region, a further £1.7million is needed before the items can go on display.

But that target was reduced thanks to the news that Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council will make a £100,000 contribution.

Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins said:

“This funding shows the commitment Staffordshire Authorities have to bringing the Staffordshire Hoard back to the region.  This is a long term investment in the county’s heritage and in our future, and we are doing out utmost to be able to show the hoard in the region it was discovered.

“County Councillors have donated nearly £40,000 from their Local Community Fund, while money is still coming in from a number of fund-raising events. “

Staffordshire County Council is donating more than £80,000 while  Tamworth Borough Council will be giving £20,000 to the fund. Lichfield District Council will announce their contribution after a meeting to discuss the issue on April 6.

Steve Claymore, Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Enterprise at Tamworth Borough Council added:

“It is absolutely fantastic news that the Staffordshire Hoard is staying where it belongs – in the Midlands. We have been committed to this since the discovery was made and this donation will help to ensure we can display and interpret the hoard properly.

“We always knew the securing the hoard was just the first step; now the hard work really gets underway to make sure the region gets to showcase the gold.”

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3 Comments

  1. Steve

    2nd April, 2010 at 12:19 am

    so much benefit will come our way if we can raise this cash. There will be so many opportunities for business and community groups for decades to come.
    Join in and have some fun with The Great Burntwood Treasure Hunt! £5 gets you a Booklet with 8 cryptic clues! Solve the clues and you could win a family pass to Alton Towers! AND tickets to a play at the Garrick!

    On sale at Burntwood Leisure Centre, the Garrick and The Old Mining College Centre.

  2. Andy P

    2nd April, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Let’s hope Lichfield District Council match this money when they announce their donation.

  3. Steve

    2nd April, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I don’t know if LDC has enough money to chip in, but people can help if they like by buying a Clue Booklet for a fiver, and have the chance of winning a family pass to Alton Towers!