A collection of drawings is set to shed light on an Anglo Saxon treasure trove found in Hammerwich.
Illustrator David Hobbs’ work will form part of the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour exhibition.
The finds – the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found – was buried back in the seventh century and contains a wealth of warlike material and other mystery objects.
Its discovery in 2009 attracted worldwide attention and an array of previously unseen items from the collection will be on display at the forthcoming exhibition.
“I have followed like everyone else the news stories on the Hoard with great interest since its discovery in a Staffordshire field in 2009. As an illustrator of historical reconstructions it conjured up all sorts of mysteries and possible scenarios for its burial. So when I was asked to supply 10-12 illustrations to accompany the interpretive panels displayed at the touring exhibition, I jumped at the chance.
“I think I am very privileged to have been asked to do this work and to have my illustrations placed alongside such a wondrous array of artefacts from what we hitherto knew as the Dark Ages.”
County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customers added:
“The now world-famous Staffordshire Hoard is part of our county’s rich cultural heritage and this tour presents a wonderful opportunity to see star items from this amazing archaeological find for the very first time.
“David Hobbs’ work as an illustrator is renowned and we were delighted that he accepted our invitation to submit drawings for inclusion in the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour.
“This fantastic free exhibition will help shed more light on what still remains a great historical mystery. David’s superb illustrations, which provide a vivid picture of life in Anglo-Saxon times, complement this stunning collection of never before seen items from the Hoard.”
The Staffordshire Hoard on Tour is on display at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford from July 2 to 24, before visiting Lichfield Cathedral (July 30-August 21) and Tamworth Castle (August 27-September 18).