Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL

0117 922 3571
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https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/warrior-treasures/

Saturday 22 October 2016 – Sunday 23 April 2017
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm; Sat - Sun 10am - 6pm
Admission Fee: £5 adult / £4 conc / Under 16s free

Set within a mysterious forest enter Warrior Treasures to be captivated by a dazzling collection of gold, silver and semi-precious gems from Anglo-Saxon weaponry.

Damaged and fragmentary, these superbly crafted fittings were discarded, but who buried them? And did they intend to come back for them?

The collection is part of the Staffordshire Hoard, considered one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon finds. It almost certainly represents the spoils of war, fought in an ancient kingdom during the 7th century AD.

Don’t miss the opportunity to come up close to these magnificent treasures and discover how a sword was more than a weapon – it signified a warrior’s status, wealth, family and even religious beliefs.

Through the research on the Hoard it has shed light on the ‘Dark Ages’ and brings to life the Old English poem Beowulf, in which great kings with hoards of gold bestow precious gifts upon loyal heroes.

The secrets of the hoard are still being uncovered through painstaking research and on-going conservation.

The treasure is owned by Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and cared for on their behalf by Birmingham Museums Trust and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

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