Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire Hoard money paid to British Museum

Staffordshire Hoard Anglo-Saxon gold work
Image caption The two councils campaigned to keep the hoard in the Midlands

The £3.3m raised to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the Midlands has now been paid to the British Museum.

It means the treasure is now jointly owned by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

A National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) grant of £1,285,000 was added to money raised by a campaign involving Stoke and Birmingham councils.

The Anglo Saxon treasure was found in a field in Staffordshire last July.

The haul, described as the UK's largest find of Anglo-Saxon treasure, comprises 1,600 items including sword pommels, helmet parts and processional crosses.

The value of the treasure was set by a committee of experts and money will be split between 55-year-old Terry Herbert, of Burntwood, in Staffordshire, who found it, and Fred Johnson, who owns the farm where it was discovered.

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