People interested in the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard can now relive the story at a unique exhibition at the Ancient High House in Stafford
‘Treasure – Discovering the Staffordshire Hoard’ was developed by Staffordshire County Council’s museums team and will be at the museum from 5 July to 10 September 2016.
Featuring high quality replicas of some of the treasure, video footage, and interactive displays, the exhibition will retell the story of the world’s largest ever discovery of Anglo-Saxon treasure. Visitors can try their hand at detecting for treasure, cleaning a piece of the hoard, or simply dressing up like an Anglo-Saxon would have done in the 7th century.
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member responsible for the arts at Staffordshire County Council said:
“This is a wonderful exhibition, taking the story of the Staffordshire Hoard out to local communities right across the region.
“The discovery of the Hoard back in 2009 is an amazing story and the exhibition, now on its last leg of the tour, has been incredibly popular. There’s something for everyone and it’s a great way to find out more about Staffordshire’s history and the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.”
Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Stafford Borough Council, said:
“We’re delighted to be hosting this exhibition in the Ancient High House, which is an historic treasure in its own right. The story of the Staffordshire Hoard is one that inspires the imagination and this is sure to prove fascinating for visitors of all ages over the summer period.”
Another exhibition, ‘Anglo Saxon Stafford: Throwing Light on the Dark Ages’ is also running at the Ancient High House from 5 July to 10 September and will explore the foundations of Stafford and the emergence of the kingdom of Mercia.
‘Treasure – Discovering the Staffordshire Hoard’ was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was launched in August 2013 and has been seen by over 100,000 visitors, including over 3,000 schoolchildren.
The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Saturday between 10am-4pm. For bank holiday opening dates call the visitor information centre on 01785 619619. Admission is free.
This is the last stop on the Staffordshire Hoard Trail tour. For more details on the exhibition visit: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk.