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

Preparations for the Staffordshire Hoard’s arrival in Lichfield are set to continue with a unique relay.

Some of the items which make up The Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities Scheme

Two Anglo-Saxon riders will begin their journey in Stafford tomorrow (July 23), arriving at Lichfield Cathedral at 1pm to proclaim that the Hoard Exhibition is about to transfer to the city.

The rider will pass the charter to Canon Pete Wilcox, Canon Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral and Councillor Bernard Derrick, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, as an official handover of the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour from Stafford to the city of Lichfield.

Canon Pete Wilcox, Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral, said:

“This event promises to be a great spectacle, symbolising the arrival next week of the long awaited Staffordshire Hoard on Tour exhibition. For a glimpse of the Anglo Saxon world to which both the Staffordshire Hoard, and the origins of Lichfield Cathedral belong, don’t miss the activities inside the Cathedral just before noon and those outside the West Front at 1pm.”

The Cultural Olympiad event will include an Anglo-Saxon calligraphy workshop in the South Transept, between 11am and noon – a free event for all ages. Music will also be provided prior to the charter’s arrival, between Market Square and The Close from noon.

For more information on the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition, visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.