This online talk is on The Leekfrith Torcs (The Earliest Iron Age Gold in Britain), a collection owned by The Stoke on Trent Museums Collections and on display at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Part of the new online Lecture Series, our talks sees in-house experts introduce the amazing collection direct to you in your home. Streamed live via zoom, this exclusive series covers a range of engaging and thought-provoking topics.

For our first series, we’re working in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which recorded its 1.5millionth archaeological find in July 2020. Nationally, the scheme is run by the British Museum. Birmingham Museums Trust manage the regional team, which employs a team of four Finds Liaison Officers who work in collaboration with organisations across the West Midlands. Every year thousands of archaeological objects are discovered, many of these unearthed by metal detectorists, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Finds recorded by the team help advance knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales.

The Finds Liaison Officers will bring their expertise direct to you in a series of one-hour lectures with the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Lecture 3: The Leekfrith Torcs (The Earliest Iron Age Gold in Britain)

First the Staffordshire Hoard, discovered in 2009, rewrote the history books about Anglo-Saxon England. Then less than ten years later, another hoard found in Staffordshire is revolutionising our understanding of the Iron Age. In December 2016, two metal detectorists discovered the find of their lifetimes in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Not one, nor two but four gold torcs, found in close proximity to each other. Quickly realising their significance, they were reported and have since been analysed by experts and officially declared Treasure. This talk covers their discovery, reporting and analysis, revealing a deeper understanding of how important Iron Age Staffordshire was. Today the torcs are on display at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, you can see the collection when they reopen to the public.

Talk by Teresa Gilmore, Finds Liaison Officer for East Staffordshire and North West Midlands - based at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

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Once you have signed up to the lecture, a unique invite will be sent for an online zoom webinar, along with instructions of how to log on.

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