The Staffordshire Hoard, The Most Remarkable Archaeological Discovery For A Generation, Returns To Lichfield Cathedral
Fri, 04/05/2012 - 16:09
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
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“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:
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“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
“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,
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.
For updates about the exhibition at the Cathedral, please visit www.lichfield-cathedral.org or telephone 01543 306100.
Full details of the developments with the Staffordshire Hoard and the development of the Mercian Trail can be found at www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk