Discover the story of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. The Staffordshire Hoard helmet is now on display.
Visitors can learn more about this incredible treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today.
Hundreds of pieces from the Hoard are on show, along with hands-on displays exploring how these intriguing items were used, before they were buried some 1400 years ago. Visitors can find out about the exquisite craftsmanship used to create the items in the hoard, and learn how the designs of the objects can be linked to many regions across Europe.
Research had revealed approximately a third of the fragments in the Staffordshire Hoard come from a very high-status helmet. Helmets of its kind are rare – the Staffordshire Hoard helmet is one of a very small number to be found from this period. Experts studied thousands of incredibly rare fragments - believed to be more than 1,300 years old - to build a picture of the original helmet. They then spent 18 months using both cutting-edge technology and ancient craft techniques to make stunning replicas of the internationally-important find. One of these extraordinary helmets is now on display in the galley.
Younger visitors to the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition can get to grips with microscopes and see some of the unusual tools that a conservator uses while working with these precious objects. In addition, visitors can peek into Anglo-Saxon England in the ‘Mead Hall’ showing how a 7th-century Lord and his warriors once lived. Through traditional games, dressing up and storytelling, young visitors will get a true feel of what it was like to live in this war-like time.
For more information about the Staffordshire Hoard, and to see many images of the artefacts, please vist the Staffordshire Hoard website.