Discovering the hoard

In July 2009, Terry Herbert, a metal detector enthusiast decided to try his luck in farmland close to his home in Hammerwich parish, near Lichfield in Staffordshire.

Terry Herbert

Terry Herbert

Mr Herbert reported the find to the Portable Antiquity Scheme’s Finds Liaison Officer for Staffordshire and the West Midlands, based at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Because the find was so important, English Heritage and Staffordshire County Council funded an archaeological excavation. This was carried out between 24 July and 21 August by Birmingham Archaeology.


In November 2012 a further 81 pieces of gold and silver items were discovered in the same field. Many of the items weighed less than a gram, however the new find did include a helmet cheek piece, similar to a cheek piece in the original collection. On 4 January 2013, a coroner’s court inquest ruled that these further Treasure items were part of the world famous Staffordshire Hoard.

All of the Staffordshire Hoard Treasure finds from 2009 and 2012 are now owned jointly by Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent City Councils on behalf of the nation, and cared for by Birmingham Museums Trust and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.