Delight as Hoard appeal tops £1million

By on 26/02/2010 in News

mid_skyscraper_120x600_3Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney has spoken of his delight at news that the Staffordshire Hoard fundraising appeal has passed the £1 million mark.

The Art Fund appeal to save the most valuable treasure hoard ever discovered in the UK now stands at £1,080,000, with almost £500,000 coming from members of the public.

Birmingham City Council is working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to jointly acquire the Hoard, which comprises over 1,500 artefacts and has been valued at £3.3m.

And Cllr Mullaney is delighted to have passed £1 million.

He said: “This is another significant milestone and the fact that almost half the total has come from members of the public shows just how much people have taken this fundraising campaign to their hearts.

“From day one the Hoard has sparked massive interest across the world and we've had a number of international donations underlining the widespread support to keep this unique collection in the Midlands.

“With Birmingham now shortlisted for City of Culture status, it would be amazing to think the Hoard could have a permanent home back in the region for 2013. This is our heritage and we still face a lot of hard work to safeguard the Hoard for generations to come.”

Following last year's hugely successful display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 118 items from the hoard, including 40 artefacts that have never been seen before are on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery until March 7.

Plans are also being drawn up to once again display the items in Birmingham.

Visitors to the Potteries exhibition have boosted the campaign by £90,000, while other donations have come in from as far afield as the US and Japan.

The Art Fund urges more members of the public to step forward and donate, by visiting  or by calling 0844 415 4004.
 Note to editors

The Art Fund is leading the campaign to jointly acquire the treasure for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Art Fund is working in partnership with the councils of Birmingham, Lichfield, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth as well as Advantage West Midlands, Staffordshire University, British Museum, Museums Libraries and Archives Council and the Government Office for the West Midlands.

If successful, the hoard will go on show in Birmingham as one of the proposed highlights of the UK City of Culture Bid Programme of events in 2013.

A series of other displays will also be planned across the region, as part of a Mercian Trail that will explore the history of the Hoard.

The exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is one of the first events to mark centenary celebrations in 2010 of the federation of Stoke-on-Trent’s six towns.

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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