A Spotlight On: The Staffordshire Hoard

Join Pieta Greaves for this talk discussing the award-winning conservation and research programmes on behalf of the research team. It will also highlight the extraordinary technical ability of the Anglo-Saxon craftsman.

The Hoard was discovered in July 2009 by a metal detectorist, comprising a mix of gold, silver and garnet items weighing over 6kg. Although fragmented, damaged and distorted, the hoard’s remarkable objects represent the possessions of an elite warrior class, stunning in their craftsmanship and ornament.

Why it was buried, perhaps before c675 AD, we’ll never know. Significantly it was discovered close to a then major routeway (Roman Watling Street), in what was the emerging Kingdom of Mercia. Warfare between England’s many competing regional kingdoms was frequent. The Staffordshire Hoard bears witness to this turbulent time in our history. The Staffordshire Hoard is owned by Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent City Councils, and cared for on their behalf by Birmingham Museums Trust and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Pieta is a freelance conservator at Drakon Heritage and Conservation. She is a accredited member of the Institute of Conservation and vice-chair of the Icon PACR accreditation committee. Prior to setting up Drakon she was Conservation Coordinator of the Staffordshire Hoard. Her specialism is the conservation of museum and archaeological objects and she has considerable field experience in both conservation and archaeology, working in the UK and abroad. The Staffordshire Hoard conservation team won two awards under Pieta’s leadership: The Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation (2015 Icon Awards) and the American Institute of Archaeology Conservation Management Award (2014).

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£3 per person in advance, £4 on the day, NMA Friends can attend for free. Advance booking advised.
Tel: 01283 245 100, email: info@thenma.org.uk
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