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Exhibition continues in town

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Library Supervisor Fiona Fowler.

  • Library Supervisor Fiona Fowler.

  • Library Supervisor Fiona Fowler.

  • Library Supervisor Fiona Fowler.

  • Left, Leek Library Supervisor Fiona Fowler with one of the displays from the exhibition. Right and below inset, some of the items from the Hoard.

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A TOWN'S library is currently displaying the new 'Treasure – Discovering the Staffordshire Hoard' exhibition.

The free exhibition is at Leek Library until February 6, and is available during museum opening times.

Featuring replicas of some of the treasure, video footage, and interactive displays, this new exhibition retells the story of the world's largest ever discovery of Anglo-Saxon treasure, following its discovery in a field in South Staffordshire.

Visitors can try their hand at detecting for treasure, cleaning a piece of the hoard, or simply dressing up like an Anglo-Saxon would have done in the 7th century. Staffordshire County Councillor, Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Community and Localism said: "This is a marvellous exhibition that is taking the story of the Staffordshire Hoard across the county and to many more people.

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"Many hundreds of thousands of people have managed to see the Hoard and this touring exhibition will give even more people the chance to experience the historic and wonderful discovery.

"There's something for everyone, including videos, an interactive game to find your own treasure, replica pieces and even Saxon warrior costumes that you can try on.

"This is our heritage and we are extremely proud of our past.

"It is also fantastic that the original Hoard has returned to the county from which it came, where it is directly benefiting today's economy."

The exhibition was developed by Staffordshire County Council's museums team and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It was launched in August 2013 and will spend the next three years touring community venues throughout the West Midlands.

For dates and more details on the exhibition visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk

Opening times for the exhibition are Monday to Friday 10am until 4pm and Saturdays 10am until 3.30pm.

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