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STAFFORDSHIRE HOARDING

13-02-2010

Staffordshire Hoard

Attempts to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the Midlands have received a boost with news that the fundraising campaign is well on target.

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.

Birmingham City Council is working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to jointly acquire the Hoard, which comprises over 1,500 artifacts and has been valued at £3.3 million. Independent art charity the Art Fund is leading a public fundraising campaign to buy the treasure.

Reflecting on today’s fundraising milestone, cabinet member for leisure, sport & culture and Stirrer regular Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “This is another significant step forward in our combined efforts to keep the Hoard in the Midlands. 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 popularity of the Hoard has been immediately apparent, with huge crowds visiting the exhibition in Birmingham an Stoke, and the campaign to keep this important treasures in the Midlands has definitely struck a chord with local people as well as historians and politicians.

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