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

MPs were reminded that they can catch a glimpse of the Staffordshire Hoard in Lichfield during the summer recess.

Christopher Pincher, MP for Shenstone, Elford and Tamworth, used his speech in the final debate before the House of Commons breaks up for the summer to remind his colleagues about the touring exhibition.

The summer adjournment debate is a traditional parliamentary occasion during which MPs use a few minutes to highlight issues and concerns in their own constituencies.

Christopher Pincher

During his four-minute speech, Mr Pincher said:

“During the recess, the magnificent Staffordshire Hoard, the cache of beautiful carved gold objects that were buried for more than 1,000 years at Hammerwich on the border of the Tamworth and Lichfield constituencies, will be on show at Lichfield Cathedral between July 30 and August 21, and then at Tamworth castle between August 27 and September 18.

“I encourage you, Mr Speaker, all Members and certainly all Ministers, to pencil those dates into their diaries so that they can see the hoard for themselves, and local trades people can see the colour of their wallets.”

Speaking afterwards, Mr Pincher added:

“I am really so pleased that finally the Hoard will be on display locally so people from Lichfield district and from Tamworth can see the treasure discovered right on our doorstep.

“I hope that I have helped in small way to raise awareness of this wonderful opportunity.  I hope as many people as possible go to see our own national treasure at the cathedral or castle.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

4 replies on “MPs urged to see the Staffordshire Hoard at Lichfield Cathedral”

  1. That is a great pity. I made the speech two weeks ago with the aim of highlighting the hoard in Lichfield and Tamworth. If the tickets are oversubcribed I think that shows the huge interest in the exhibits and I hope the organisers take note. Have you raised the issue of extending entry directly with the organisers Ms Thornton? I certainly will.

  2. I managed to purchase evening viewing tkt
    which there were very few left, I preferred
    a smaller more in depth viewing of 90mins
    but friends disappointed with no tkts left
    for day time viewing to be fair cathedral staff
    exemplary & I understand limitations of viewing
    due to overcrowding

  3. I have checked the situation at Tamworth and there may be some tickets still available to view the Hoard at the castle. Please call 01827 709 581 to get more information from them. I am glad you managed to at least get an evening ticket at the cathedral. CP

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