On Tuesday 8th November at 7:30pm, St Thomasâ€™ Church, Wednesfield will host a talk andÂ presentation by archaeologist Ian Wykes from Staffordshire County Councilâ€™s EnvironmentÂ and Countryside Unit.
Ian was privileged enough to be amongst the first to see the hoardÂ and was part of the team that oversaw its excavation from the site where it was found inÂ Hammerwich, near Lichfield.Â Using images of both the site and some of the beautiful itemsÂ that his team uncovered, his presentation in Wednesfield will reveal the â€˜behind the scenesâ€™Â story of this amazing find.
Discovered in July 2009 by metal detector enthusiast Terry Herbert, the now world-famousÂ hoard has attracted significant attention from historians and local communities alike. Both theÂ number and quality of objects found, assumed to be from the seventh or eighth centuries, isÂ unprecedented. Comprising over 3,500 items, the hoard contains mainly military items, includingÂ an extraordinary number of sword pommel caps and some religiousÂ artefacts.
Tickets for this event cost Â£5 and are available from St Thomas Church, Church Street,Â Wednesfield or by contacting the parish office on 01902 723310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All money raised will go towards the St Thomasâ€™ Church and Centre appeal which is aiming to raiseÂ Â£56,000 to fund essential works to the church building and to open the old library building as aÂ Church Centre.
Photo courtesy of the Staffordshire Hoard website.