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The Staffordshire Hoard

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery/The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

3 April 2020

While museums around the world are shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibition openings will be replaced by a selection of digital initiatives providing virtual access to art and culture.

With more than 3,500 items, amounting to some 5kg of gold and 1.4kg of silver – plus thousands of garnets – the Staffordshire hoard remains the largest cache of Anglo-Saxon metalwork ever found. In 2010, it was acquired jointly for the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent; the two institutions have since collaborated on a sumptuous website, with high-resolution photography of each object, along with in-depth analysis. Find out more at the Staffordshire Hoard website. 

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Screenshot of the landing page for the Staffordshire Hoard website

Screenshot of the landing page for the Staffordshire Hoard website

Screenshot – analysis of a reconstructed helmet from the Staffordshire Hoard

Screenshot – analysis of a reconstructed helmet from the Staffordshire Hoard

Great Cross and associated mounts, from the Staffordshire Hoard

Great cross and associated mounts, from the Staffordshire Hoard