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Historic pounds 3.3m gold hoard to go on show.

Byline: Danielle Dwyer

THE Staffordshire Hoard has arrived back in the county where it was discovered.

The glittering collection, the largest-ever hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold, will be on show in Stoke-on-Trent from Saturday.

READ on local blogs.dailypost.pooloflife A number of items never previously displayed - including an intricately carved horse head - will form the centrepiece of the exhibition, at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

The striking treasure haul, comprising about 1,500 items made of gold, silver and precious stones, was unearthed on Staffordshire farmland last year by metal detectorist Terry Herbert.

It was valued at pounds 3.3m in November after being declared to be treasure by the South Staffordshire coroner, sparking a fundraising campaign to keep the hoard in the Midlands.

online Davis history at Stoke-on-Trent co.uk/ councillor Hazel Lyth said: "We are thrilled to be welcoming the hoard back to the region. This is the first time the horse's head will be seen in public in 1,400 years.

"It's an incredible, unique opportunity to marvel at our heritage. The quantity of the collection and craftsmanship involved is breathtaking."

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is hoping to jointly acquire the hoard with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

In addition to the pounds 3.3m, a longer-term fundraising strategy is also under way to raise a further pounds 1.7m to ensure that it can be properly conserved, studied and displayed.

If the pounds 3.3m is not reached by April 17, the deadline could be extended by the Treasure Valuation Committee which assessed the worth of the hoard. If the money is not raised, it is possible that ownership of the hoard could revert to Mr Herbert and the farmer on whose land it was discovered.

It would then be up to them to decide whether they wished to sell the hoard on the open market. About 80 items from the collection will be displayed at The Potteries Museum from February 13.

online READ Laura Davis on local history at blogs.liverpool dailypost.co.uk/ pooloflife

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