Part of the Staffordshire Hoard has gone on display at Lichfield Cathedral.
The exhibition of Anglo-Saxon items is being housed in the 13th Century Chapter House alongside the Lichfield Angel and the St Chad Gospel.
The Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Canon Chancellor and Acting Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, said: “We are delighted to be hosting a selection of items from the Staffordshire Hoard.
“Together with the new lighting scheme, new interpretation panels that explore the story of the Hoard and the Cathedral’s own rich Anglo-Saxon story, stunning replicas of the Hoard’s Pectoral Cross and Biblical Inscription Strip, the new display represents a landmark in the development of the Mercian Trail.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke on Trent who jointly own the treasure, and to the members of the Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail Partnership for helping us to achieve this.”
Nina Dawes, chief executive of Lichfield District Council, added: “The new display at Lichfield Cathedral is a vital milestone in the development of the Mercian Trail, which long-term will see displays of the hoard and its story in Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, Tamworth and Lichfield, as well as a touring exhibition that will travel across Staffordshire and further afield.
“It’s very unusual for finds like the Hoard to go on display during the vital conservation and research stage, and probably unheard of for such a treasure to go on display in a venue away from the conservation and research programme.”
The Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail partnership brings together Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield District Council, Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council. The aim of the partnership is to tell the emerging story of the Staffordshire Hoard and the Anglo-Saxon history of the region. There are more than 3,500 pieces in the Staffordshire Hoard and the partnership needs to continue to raise money to help unlock its secrets through a programme of conservation, restoration and display of this precious treasure.
Entry to the exhibition is free and booking is not required. The Chapter House will be open daily at the following times: