Treasure hunters flock to Birmingham

By on 26/09/2009 in News

Around 7,000 people visited Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's Staffordshire Hoard exhibition in the first two days as history fans from across the UK flocked to Birmingham.

mid_skyscraper_120x600_3Visitors queued for up to an hour on Saturday September 26 to see selected objects from the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure.

And, with worldwide coverage sparking massive interest in the Hoard, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery staff are on standby for many more visitors.

The artefacts will remain on display in Birmingham until October 13, when they will be transferred to the British Museum for valuation. It is then hoped they will return for permanent display in the Midlands.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “The interest in this fascinating story keeps growing and we've been even busier today than yesterday when the exhibition opened.

“We've had visitors from across the United Kingdom and also had calls from around Europe. This find has clearly ignited interest around the world and people are keen to see what all the fuss is about.”

The Staffordshire Hoard Exhibition (until October 13)
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH
Tel: +44 (0)121 303 2834
Admission: Free.
Opening Times:
Monday – Thursday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 10.30am – 5.00pm
Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 12.30pm – 5.00pm

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For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 07920 750 004

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