Hoard exclusive at Museum Collections Centre

By on 16/08/2011 in News

Previously unseen items from the Staffordshire Hoard, Anglo-Saxon warriors and falconry displays are amongst the highlights at the Museum Collections Centre Open Day on Sunday 21 August, between 10.30am – 5pm, admission free.

Ten previously unseen items from the Staffordshire Hoard, including gold buckles, hilt collars, a gold snake and garnets, will be placed on display throughout the event.  Conservation experts will be on hand to talk about the latest findings and the ongoing work on the Hoard.

Amongst the entertainment there will be falconry displays and a chance to meet Wulfred and Aethelwulf, two time traveling Anglo Saxon Soldiers.  There will also be displays from the Portable Antiquities archaeology team and a chance to see a Metalworker in action.

Visitors will also be able to explore the amazing array of objects and artefacts at the Museum Collections Centre including bicycles, old industrial machinery, cars and motorbikes, objects from ancient Egypt, dolls and handbags.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “I am delighted that these items from the Staffordshire Hoard will be exclusively on show at this Open Day.  I have no doubt that the display, combined with the Anglo-Saxon themed entertainments and the many delights of the Museum Collections Centre will combine to make a fascinating day out for local people of all ages.”

The 160,000 square ft Collections Centre is based at 25 Dollman Street, Nechells and is part of Birmingham City Council's Museum Service.  There will also be a free historic bus service courtesy of Aston Manor Transport Museum that will travel between Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Edmund Street), Thinktank, the Museum Collections Centre and Aston Manor Transport Museum.

For more information about the open day, a bus timetable or a map of the Museum Collections Centre, please visit www.bmag.org.uk, call 0121 303 1966 or email mcc@birmingham.gov.uk


Media contact: Jason Lewis – 0121 303 4266

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