THE two museums hoping to provide a home for the Staffordshire hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold will be asking arts charities and other funding bodies to pay for it.
They have four months to come up with the cash, which will be
used to compensate the finder, metal detectorist Terry Herbert, and
Fred Johnson, who owns the farm where it was discovered.
ATG columnist Richard Falkiner was one of four leading
specialists brought in to value the hoard before the Treasure
Valuation Committee set the price at £3.285m for the 1600-piece
Birmingham City Council has already told Birmingham Museum and
Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in
Stoke-on-Trent - who both want to acquire the hoard - that they
will not fund the purchase out of local taxes, although it has
raised almost £40,000 from a public appeal to put towards the
Meetings have already taken place with interest groups such as
the Heritage Lottery Fund.
To read more about the appeal, and for further details about the
hoard and its discovery, log onto www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk