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

People are being given the chance to book their chance to see the unique collection of archaeological finds discovered in a field near Lichfield.

The Staffordshire Hoard will go on tour this summer to give residents across the region the opportunity to see some of the Anglo-Saxon artefacts dug up in Hammerwich.

The tour will be in Stafford from July 2 to July 24 before travelling to Lichfield and Tamworth. Forty-five minute slots can now be booked for the Stafford event online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/hoard.

Staffordshire County CouncillorPat Corfield said the Hoard tour would provide a massive opportunity for Staffordshire’s economy. He explained:

“The Hoard will be a major draw for visitors from outside Staffordshire as well as local people.  This county has so much to offer and the Hoard should be just a starting point on a voyage of discovery.”

Forty artefacts will be showcased as part of the touring Hoard exhibition and it t will be the first time any of the pieces have gone on display since restoration work was carried out on them.

The touring exhibition will be displayed at Lichfield Cathedral from July 30 to August 21, before moving to Tamworth Castle from August 27 to September 18. For details, visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/2011-tour

The Stafford exhibition will focus on the archaeological discovery of the Hoard, while the Lichfield display will explore the treasure’s place in the religious fabric of Anglo-Saxon society. Tamworth will look at the Hoard in the context of warfare, power struggles and politics.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.