Error: 3002 Source: GeoIP.asp line 56: File could not be opened. Historian Michael Wood Unveils Largest Exhibition of Staffordshire Hoard as Campaign Reaches 750,000
The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 Thursday, August 28, 2014


Historian Michael Wood Unveils Largest Exhibition of Staffordshire Hoard as Campaign Reaches 750,000
LONDON.- Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will today unveil the largest exhibition of the most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found on UK soil. The Art Fund announced that the campaign has now reached £750,000, with over £200,000 coming in from members of the public.

Michael, who has made more than 80 documentary films and presented a programme on Beowulf on BBC4 last year, will launch a display of 118 intricately crafted artefacts of the Staffordshire Hoard.

The exhibition will take place at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent and will be open to the public from Saturday 13 February to Sunday 7 March. This marks the first time so much of the Hoard will be displayed at once and the display includes 40 treasures that have never been shown before.

Michael said: "Having studied Anglo-Saxon history since my youth, it is such a thrill to look at this treasure – their world has suddenly come to light in such a vivid way. The glittering, barbaric world of warrior kings who fought battles and rewarded their fighters with treasure."

Michael, who is a pro-vice chancellor of Staffordshire University, will launch the exhibition in front of more than 300 civic dignitaries, business leaders and invited guests at the museum tonight. The treasures will then go on public display for three weeks, and museum opening times have been extended to cope with anticipated bumper crowds. The museum will be open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week throughout the exhibition.

Michael added: "The treasures provide a window into Mercia, fragments of what was a great European kingdom. It is so tantalisingly fascinating for anyone who lives in the Midlands and Staffordshire.

Stephen Deuchar, The Art Fund director, said: "At this vital stage of the campaign, it's so important that the people of and visitors to Stoke-on-Trent can now experience the beauty of the treasure first hand. We hope that those who want the Hoard to stay in the West Midlands will feel compelled to donate to the campaign and make sure we bring the treasure home, once and for all."

Gems to be displayed for the first time include a delicate filigree gold horse’s head and gold snakes that have left experts baffled as to what they could have been used for; garneted sword pommels; sword mounts with animalistic designs; and possibly an eyebrow adornment to a helmet. The exhibition will also feature crumpled gold crosses, a helmet cheek piece and a gold strip with a biblical inscription.

The exhibition opens just one week before the Hoard receives a Royal visit. Next Friday, 19 February, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will pay a visit to Stoke-on-Trent to mark the city’s centenary, celebrating one hundred years since the federation of the city’s six towns.


Councillor Hazel Lyth, cabinet member for economic development and culture, said: "We are thrilled that Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will have the chance to view and hold items from the Hoard – the first time royalty will have held the treasures in 1,400 years."

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working with Birmingham City Council to jointly acquire the Staffordshire Hoard. The Hoard comprises over 1,500 artefacts and has been valued at £3.3m. The Art Fund

The Art Fund | Michael Wood | Stephen Deuchar |


Today's News

February 14, 2010

Overview of Ed Ruscha's Paintings from the Last Five Decades at Haus der Kunst in Munich

World Record at Auction Expected for a Turkish Contemporary Work of Art

Artists Imagine Dream Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum

CaixaForum Presents the Diverse and Provocative Experience of Miquel Barceló

Artists Raqs Media Collective to Present Work Commissioned by Baltic

First Exhibition in the U.S. to Explore the World of Confucius and his Descendants

The Art of Hatch Show Print on View at the Austin Museum of Art

Valencian Institute for Modern Art Opens "Mean Streets" Exhibition

Zwelethu Mthethwa's Long Waited First Monograph to be Published by Aperture

Kenny Hunter's I Goat Wins 45,000 Spitalfields Sculpture Prize

Delaware Art Museum Presents Photographs by Harold Edgerton

Daido Moriyama Presents First Exhibition at Luhring Augustine

Exhibition of Erotic Depictions of Men and Women Opens in Sydney

Steven Holl Architects Wins Two 2010 "Good Design Is Good Business" China Awards

Davis Museum at Wellesley College to Open Three New Exhibitions

Irish Museum of Modern Art Presents Survey Exhibition of Key Works by Anne Tallentire

Asian Art Dealers of New York Launch Asia Week in March

Historian Michael Wood Unveils Largest Exhibition of Staffordshire Hoard as Campaign Reaches 750,000

Max Wigram Gallery Doubles Exhibition Space with New Premises on New Bond Street

Ogden Museum of Southern Art Announces Staff Changes

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Neanderthals and humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years

2.- First major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy opens at LACMA

3.- Carlo Mollino's idealized vision of the female form in new book published by Damiani/Crump

4.- Tate Britain displays works by Frank Auerbach from the collection of Lucian Freud

5.- In grave robber territory, locals abuzz over Alexander-era tomb; Largest of its kind ever discovered in Greece

6.- Lambert Collection opens an ambitious project housed at the Sainte-Anne Prison

7.- Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore announces the first 18 artists in the CCA Residencies progamme

8.- Historic Kings Theatre is transformed into major New York Performing Arts venue

9.- Thirteen's American Masters Series co-produces new documentary about photographer Dorothea Lange

10.- Sotheby's New York to offer 548 Edward Weston photographs as a single lot this September

Related Stories



Rare Vintage Photograph by Roger Fenton Saved for Bradford's National Media Museum

New Works by Grayson Perry to Go on Show in Manchester

Chaired by Michael Portillo, Art Fund Prize Judging Panel Announced for 2011

Burrell Collection Hopes to Acquire Rare 18th Century Golden Tiger Head from India

Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum

Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum

Five Museums Win Share of 75,000 Pound Contemporary Craft Funding Pot

Cash-Strapped Museums Must Work Together to Keep Building and Refreshing their Collections

Awe-Inspiring Staffordshire Hoard Saved for the Nation

Eleven Curators in the Running for National Contemporary Craft Prize as Edmund de Waal is Confirmed as Judge



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site