Behind the scenes Hoard tours a hit

By on 31/03/2011 in Culture, News

655 Folded Cross 1editA new tour offering a behind the scenes look at the Staffordshire Hoard conservation work at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is proving to be a big hit.

Scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, the tour gives visitors the chance to talk to the experts who have been working on the world famous Anglo-Saxon treasure.

The first two tours, scheduled for April 6 and May 4, have already sold out and bookings are being taken for tours through to the end of the year.

Tours are priced £20 per person with the money raised going towards ongoing conservation work aimed at telling the story of the most valuable treasure ever found in the UK.

Head of Museum Operations Simon Cane, said: “From day one worldwide interest in the Hoard has been phenomenal, so it's hardly surprising these tours are proving to be such a hit. People have clearly taken this discovery to their hearts.

“The conservation work is a unique project and the tour offers a unique insight into the techniques used as the experts look to learn more about this fantastic collection.”

The Staffordshire Hoard comprises over 3,500 gold and silver artefacts dating back to the seventh century.

They were found by a metal detector enthusiast on a farmer's field, and are thought to be the high-status booty of an Anglo-Saxon battle, with exquisitely designed sword pommels, helmet fragments and several bejewelled crosses.

Bookings are now being taken for tours on June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2 and December 7.

Tours start at 12.30pm. Places will be limited so booking is essential. To book tickets please ring 0121 303 1966. Book Online

Artefacts from the Hoard are currently on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, while over 40 star items are also set for a regional tour this summer with displays at Lichfield Cathedral, Stafford's Shire Hall and Tamworth Castle.

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For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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