Public boost Hoard appeal by £200,000

By on 12/02/2010 in News

mid_skyscraper_120x600_3Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney has praised big-hearted members of the public who have boosted the Staffordshire Hoard appeal by £200,000.

The fundraising campaign to keep the most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found on UK soil in the Midlands now stands at £750,000.

And, with artefacts from the Hoard set to go on temporary display in Stoke this weekend, Cllr Mullaney confidently predicts funds are set for a further boost.

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. The Art Fund is leading a public fundraising campaign to buy the treasure.

Reflecting on today's fundraising milestone, Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “This is another significant step forward in our combined efforts to keep the Hoard in the Midlands.

“The public have taken this campaign to their hearts - you could see that with the huge crowds for the display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and I expect a similar response in Stoke.

“I would urge anyone who wants to help us keep the Hoard in the Midlands to contribute to the appeal fund, safeguarding this unique collection for generations to come.

“The Art Fund involvement is obviously significant and has hugely raised the profile of the fundraising campaign. The campaign is making steady progress with support from top politicians, academics, personalities and of course the general public.”

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Following last year's hugely successful display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Hoard artefacts are on display at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent from Saturday 13 February to Sunday 7 March.

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