Developing the Mercian Trail

The Mercian Trail Partnership brings together Birmingham Museums Trust, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield District Council, Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council. The aim of the partnership is to tell the emerging story of the Staffordshire Hoard and the Anglo-Saxon history of the region, through a series of informative permanent and temporary displays and a programme of outreach activities aimed at residents and visitors alike.

Long term, the partnership is planning on developing the following:

Staffordshire Hoard permanent gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: The planned exhibition opening Autumn 2014 will uncover the secrets of the jewellery-makers, who crafted the exquisite pieces of the hoard, with little more than primitive tools. It will also uncover little-known trading routes between the UK and eastern climes that carried the gold and garnets to our shores.

Staffordshire Hoard gallery at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery: The current exhibition uncovers what Anglo-Saxon life was like in Staffordshire, the role local towns and cities played in Anglo-Saxon times, and the importance of the kingdom of Mercia.

Chapter House display at Lichfield Cathedral: The origins of Lichfield Cathedral are rooted in the time scholars believe the hoard was buried. Visitors experience the Lichfield Cathedral story and learn about the ‘Christianisation’ of Mercia and the heroic figure of St Chad. Marvel at the exquisite Anglo-Saxon treasures – the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel.

Exhibition at Tamworth Castle: As the ancient capital of Mercia and once home to the King of Mercia’s palace, Tamworth’s history is crammed with stories of intrigue and warfare. Visitors explore more about the power struggles of the Anglo-Saxon era, the battles, the blows and the bloodshed.

A touring exhibition led by Staffordshire County Council: The exhibition is touring schools, galleries, visitor centres and more, taking the story of the Staffordshire Hoard and Anglo-Saxon Mercia to a wide audience.