Buried treasure: 10th anniversary of the Staffordshire Hoard

It’s the treasure that unlocked the dramatic history of 7th-century England and the world of its warrior elite. Ten years ago on 5 July 2009, the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in a farmer’s field near Lichfield: the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever discovered

Metal detectorist Terry Herbert found the priceless treasure; it has subsequently been valued by the Treasure Valuation Committee at the British Museum at £3.285 million. The Staffordshire Hoard has been seen by more than four million people at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (PMAG) and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) since it was discovered, and by many more at travelling exhibitions as far reaching as Washington DC.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary, the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has launched a revamped Staffordshire Hoard exhibition, with several star objects returning to the gallery for the first time in years.

The returning treasure includes a stunning original cheek piece from the famous Staffordshire Hoard Helmet – the grandest helmet ever known from the period. An iconic pectoral cross, a stunning pommel cap, and other pieces of the helmet will also be back in the exhibition.

The museum will also celebrate the anniversary by holding a Staffordshire Hoard Garnets and Gold Festival throughout July, with several exciting events including re-enactments, demonstrations, birds of prey presentations and talks. For more information, visit www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Vicky Tunstall of the Stoke-on-Trent Museum with new items from the Staffordshire Hoard

The Staffordshire Hoard is on permanent display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

Find out more at stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag, birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/highlights/staffordshire-hoard and staffordshirehoard.org.uk