Conservation & Research blog

Precious puzzle

Friday, 26th September 2014

From the large number of small fragments in the Staffordshire Hoard, the research and conservation teams have begun the task of finding joins between the small fragments to form larger objects. During the recent grouping exercise Chris Fern was able to identify 600 new joins...

Five years of the Staffordshire Hoard

Friday, 18th July 2014

Last week celebrated 5 years since the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered. Currently we are still making exciting plans for the stage two conservation and research programme, stage one having just come to an end, but I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on...

Replicas for the new Staffordshire Hoard gallery - Phase Three

Friday, 11th July 2014

Following on from our last blog the waxes are now ready to be processed through the lost wax casting process. It should be remembered that the Anglo Saxon craftsmen would have used different techniques of hammering and soldering to create these objects. Although some objects in...

Filming the Staffordshire Hoard

Friday, 2nd May 2014

My first acquaintance with the Staffordshire Hoard was in 2009, not long after it was found – I was part of the team that made the first television documentaries about the discovery for National Geographic. Our initial filming day coincided with the first time the...

A Collections Registrar’s view of the hoard

Friday, 25th April 2014

Hello, my name is Sam and I’m the Collections Registrar at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Whenever the Hoard items have to move anywhere out of the museum it involves a lot of work and documentation. Firstly, the items are taken off display, photographed...

Three years in Red and Gold

Thursday, 17th April 2014

Deb Magnoler’s last blog as a conservator of the Staffordshire Hoard. In this blog I will attempt to take you through over three years of memories working on the Staffordshire Hoard by sharing stories about some of the objects I have conserved. I was very...

Anglo-Saxon Embroidery for the New Hoard Gallery

Friday, 11th April 2014

Work is underway for the new Staffordshire Hoard Gallery which will open at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in October. Many different crafts people and contractors will be required to complete the new gallery and their stories will be shared on the blog as much...

Replicas for the new Staffordshire Hoard Gallery - Phase Two

Friday, 4th April 2014

In collaboration with Birmingham Museums Trust the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) have continued their work developing, adapting and refining the various digital technologies available to them to produce a batch of initial, trial, 3D prints of K270 for the museum to evaluate. The next...

Staffordshire Hoard Grouping Exercise

Friday, 21st March 2014

Recently the team has undergone a major grouping exercise as part of the on-going research to understand the Hoard. This was the first time that the entire Hoard was together in one place; the 2009 finds have been in separate display locations since 2010 and...