The Art Fund Leads Official Campaign to Save Precious Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Gold for the West Midlands

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LONDON.- Independent charity The Art Fund today announces that it will be leading a public campaign to save an unparalleled hoard of treasures, dating from Anglo-Saxon times, for the West Midlands. Members of the public can now donate to save the Staffordshire Hoard via www.artfund.org/hoard Comprising in excess 1,500 items, mostly gold and some decorated with precious stones, the Staffordshire Hoard has been valued at almost £3.3million – making it the most valuable treasure find ever recorded. Experts say that due to the high quality of craftsmanship displayed on the items, it is possible that they may have originally been made for royal ownership. They say the find will rewrite the history of the so-called ‘dark ages’. Through its public campaign, The Art Fund aims to raise the sum required for the treasures to be acquired jointly by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Tren