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Staffordshire Hoard talk in Wednesfield

St Thomas’ Church is set to host a talk about the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard.

On Tuesday 8th November at 7:30pm, St Thomas’ Church, Wednesfield will host a talk and presentation by archaeologist Ian Wykes from Staffordshire County Council’s Environment and Countryside Unit.

Ian was privileged enough to be amongst the first to see the hoard and was part of the team that oversaw its excavation from the site where it was found in Hammerwich, near Lichfield. Using images of both the site and some of the beautiful items that his team uncovered, his presentation in Wednesfield will reveal the ‘behind the scenes’ story of this amazing find.

Discovered in July 2009 by metal detector enthusiast Terry Herbert, the now world-famous hoard has attracted significant attention from historians and local communities alike. Both the number and quality of objects found, assumed to be from the seventh or eighth centuries, is unprecedented. Comprising over 3,500 items, the hoard contains mainly military items, including an extraordinary number of sword pommel caps and some religious artefacts.

Tickets for this event cost £5 and are available from St Thomas Church, Church Street, Wednesfield or by contacting the parish office on 01902 723310 or

All money raised will go towards the St Thomas’ Church and Centre appeal which is aiming to raise £56,000 to fund essential works to the church building and to open the old library building as a Church Centre.

Photo courtesy of the Staffordshire Hoard website.

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