The Staffordshire Hoard, The Most Remarkable Archaeological Discovery For A Generation, Returns To Lichfield Cathedral

Friday May 4 2012

Lichfield Cathedral is delighted to announce that a small selection of items from the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, is now on display in the Cathedral. 

Visitors to the Cathedral will be warmly welcomed to this unique exhibition, which is housed in the thirteenth century Chapter House, alongside the Cathedral’s own stunning Anglo-Saxon treasures the Lichfield Angel and the St. Chad Gospel, which is older than the famous Book of Kells. The display at Lichfield Cathedral complements permanent exhibitions of the treasure at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

The Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Canon Chancellor and Acting Dean of Lichfield Cathedral commented:

“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, on behalf of the Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail Partnership, commented:

“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.”

She continued:

“We are very grateful to two owning museums for allowing us to display some of the hoard treasures. 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 museums are committed to providing the display at Lichfield Cathedral, as they recognise the passion local people feel for the treasure, and also the historical links with the cathedral’s own breathtaking artefacts.”

Canon Pete Wilcox, concluded:

“During the coming months pieces of the pieces of the hoard in the Cathedral’s Chapter House exhibition may change to allow the conservation and research work to take place.”

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:

Monday to Saturday: 10am until 4pm

Sunday: 12 noon until 3pm  

*Please note that in rare circumstances, in which it is not possible to invigilate the exhibition, it is necessary for us to close the Chapter House at short notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in a farmer’s field near Hammerwich in 2009, only 4 miles from the Cathedral. The exhibition will feature eighteen generic items, rather than the iconic pieces featured in the 2011 Staffordshire Hoard on Tour exhibition. Lichfield Cathedral experienced record numbers of visitors last summer, when 14,700 people attended the exhibition.

For updates about the exhibition at the Cathedral, please visit or telephone 01543 306100.

Full details of the developments with the Staffordshire Hoard and the development of the Mercian Trail can be found at