Principally funded by a £750,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create a permanent home for the Staffordshire Hoard in the West Midlands, the new gallery will enable visitors to learn more about this incredible treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the ongoing conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today.Hundreds of pieces from the Hoard will be on show, along with hands-on displays exploring how these intriguing items were used, before they were buried some 1,400 years ago.When this file was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, it was available from Flickr under the stated license.The Flickr user has since stopped distributing the file under this license.
Many of the pieces come from swords and other weaponry, but there are also several Christian items, as well as ‘mystery’ objects, which continue to intrigue experts and visitors alike.
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The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found, the Staffordshire Hoard links us back to an age of warrior splendour in seventh century England.
Found by a metal detectorist in 2009, the hoard consists of fragments of high-quality war gear, mainly swords.
IT IS FIVE years since amateur metal detectorist Terry Herbert stumbled upon the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever unearthed, on farmland south of Lichfield in Staffordshire.