A new website has been built to showcase the historic Anglo-Saxon gold found near Lichfield.
Photographs, video footage and historical and educational information about the Staffordshire Hoard have been pulled together for the first time on the site.
And, over the coming months, a gallery of images will be posted to show the Anglo-Saxon artefacts as they are conserved.
The new-look site at www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk has had a complete makeover to mark the week of the one-year anniversary since the record £3.3million was raised to keep the treasure in the UK.
The site has been designed and built by Lichfield District Council, on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council, who own the artefacts.
Stuart Harrison, web manager for Lichfield District Council, said:
“We have worked to create a website that offers visitors a chance to not only see the spectacular hoard really close-up, but to take them on a journey of discovery. From the time it was found, to its conservation, and the summer tours, it is a great way to find out more about the amazing Staffordshire Hoard.”
Sections of the site explore the conservation and the research processes being carried out to uncover the story of the Hoard – including introductions to the experts who are examining it, what work they will be doing, and a blog that will be updated regularly by Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham teams.
The Staffordshire Hoard is made up of more than 3,700 gold and silver artefacts dating back to the seventh century. They were found by a metal detector enthusiast on a farmer’s field. The treasure is thought to be the high-status booty of an Anglo-Saxon battle, and it includes exquisitely designed sword pommels, helmet fragments and several bejewelled crosses.
The site new also promotes this summer’s regional tour of the hoard that will see more than 40 stunning items displayed at Lichfield Cathedral, Stafford’s Shire Hall and Tamworth Castle, as well as other major Anglo-Saxon artefacts – including the Lichfield Angel and the St Chad Gospels.
To find out how to book tickets for the Staffordshire Hoard on tour, visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk.