Staffordshire Hoard Festival 2019
Join us in July to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard.
5 July – New Treasures Revealed
From 5 July onwards, our updated Hoard Gallery brings together updated displays of the Staffordshire Hoard. See returning objects that haven't been displayed in Stoke for several years, including real fragments of the magnificent Hoard Helmet. FREE entry.
6 July – Unparalleled Treasure
This talk by Dr Chris Fern will follow some of the amazing stories the Staffordshire Hoard has revealed over the last ten years. Chris is an expert on the art and archaeology of early Anglo-Saxon England and has been one of the central authors of the upcoming Staffordshire Hoard research monograph. FREE, 2pm.
6 July – Trade: Garnets and Gold
Meet re-enactors as they explain Anglo Saxon trade with West and South Asia. Analysis of the Hoards shows that the gold was originally struck in Byzantium and the garnets were sourced from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Discover helmet design in the 1st Millennium and enjoy hands-on opportunities for visitors of all ages to practice 1st Millennium ship navigation. FREE, 11am – 4pm.
6 July – Handle Real Archaeology
Drop-in to meet Finds Liaison Officer, Teresa Gilmore. Handle real archaeological finds from the last 5,000 of British history and find out what happens when treasure is discovered. Teresa will also be available to sign copies of her book, 50 Finds from Staffordshire, available from the museum shop. FREE, 11am - 3pm.
13 July – Building the Hoard Helmet
Over 1,000 fragments of the Staffordshire Hoard relate to a magnificent helmet. Hear from members of the team who were involved in the 18-month project to research and build two stunning reproductions, one of which is on display in the gallery. FREE, talks at 11am and 2pm.
20 July – Festival of Archaeology
Get inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard and join in with the national Festival of Archaeology. Try your hand at metal detecting and panning for gold, see how the grave of an Anglo-Saxon warrior is excavated, match skulls with a zooarchaeologist, and meet experts from the worlds of archaeology and science. FREE, 11am - 4pm.
25 July – Penda and the Princess
King Penda and his Saxon court are welcoming a visiting princess. Meet an array of colourful characters as they bring the Saxon world to life: Experience Saxon religion with the help of the Shaman; advise the King on war and peace; help the hauskarl as he stands guard; uncover action-packed stories from tales enjoyed by real Saxons; try your hand at intricate gold rolling and explore the many possible reasons for the existence – and hiding - of the Staffordshire hoard! FREE, 11am – 4pm
25 July – Birds in Art and Folklore
Birds were a powerful symbol to our ancestors who believed them to be magical, spiritual and heaven-sent. Birds of prey were thought to be the princes of the bird kingdom and were worshipped and admired, their images were cast on to weapons, jewellery and precious possessions as good luck talismans and omens of victory. Meet a beautiful collection of live raptors and listen to the story of how birds became the princes of Saxon England! FREE, 11am