THE Staffordshire Hoard has been saved for the nation – and a further £1.7m appeal has been launched to pay for its conservation, study and display.
The news came early last week after the National Heritage
Memorial Fund (NHMF), the government's fund of last resort for
heritage items at risk, pledged £1,285,000 - bringing the campaign
to the £3.3m target, just over three weeks ahead of schedule.
ATG understands that the 1500-piece hoard of gold will be
jointly held by the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery and the
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, although
details of how this will be managed are not yet clear.
The Art Fund has also proved a major benefactor, launching a
fund-raising campaign in mid January by committing £300,000 of its
own to add to the £100,000 pledges from Birmingham and Stoke City
Birmingham City Councillor Martin Mullaney highlighted just how
much the campaign had caught the public's attention, pointing out
that £900,000 of the £3.3m raised had come from personal
for details of ongoing donations.