Conservation & Research blog

One big jigsaw puzzle...Part 1: Flat gilded sheet

Friday, 29th April 2016

So for the last few months we have been pretty quiet as we have been busy completing work so that we may fully catalogue all of the sword related material that is present in the Hoard. Now that is finished, we have been able to...

Three very special pommels

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

When the hoard was first discovered, it was its gold objects that hit the headlines. The silver items garnered less attention, probably because they were generally much more fragmentary and in poorer condition. However, as the painstaking research and conservation has progressed, the silver items...

Volunteering and the Hoard

Monday, 21st March 2016

Hello everyone! I’m Emily Freeman and I am currently volunteering as a documentation assistant for the Staffordshire Hoard. I have a background in archaeology and ancient history, so being involved with such a beautiful collection of objects has been very exciting! In December I started...

The Staffordshire Hoard team wins Icon Award

Friday, 30th October 2015

It’s been a brilliant week for the Staffordshire hoard team, as we picked up the prestigious Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation at the 2015 Icon Conservation Awards. The award recognises excellence and efforts in conserving an individual or collection of cultural heritage objects in the...

Silver Analysis

Friday, 23rd October 2015

For today’s blog I will provide a brief update on what I have been up to since starting the Staffordshire Hoard metals analysis here at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The gold has been the focus of analysis for the last two years, but there...

ICON Awards

Friday, 18th September 2015

Earlier this year the Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Programme: Stage 1 was short-listed for the ICON’s (Institute of Conservation for the UK) prestigious Pilgrim Trust Award. The award recognises excellence in the conservation of a collection of cultural heritage objects from the UK and overall delivers...

SEM analysis at Birmingham University

Friday, 4th September 2015

One of the aims of my time here with the Staffordshire Hoard at Birmingham is to try and determine the method used by the Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths to enrich the gold (see my introduction blog). The previous analysis did not reveal how thick the enrichment layer...

Introducing Lizzie Miller: Staffordshire Hoard Conservator

Friday, 7th August 2015

Hello! I’m Lizzie Miller and I’m a conservator working on the Staffordshire Hoard 2 days a week. The remainder of my week I am responsible for conserving the rest of Birmingham Museum Trust’s large and varied collection – ranging from ancient artefacts to contemporary art...

Introducing Kayleigh Fuller: Staffordshire Hoard Conservator

Friday, 5th June 2015

Greetings everybody! My name is Kayleigh Fuller and recently I began my new post as a general objects conservator with the Staffordshire Hoard Project. I was trained at Durham University, firstly with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Archaeology, and then a Masters in Conservation. My...

Staffordshire Hoard activities and outreach

Friday, 20th March 2015

The science posts for both Peter Mc Elhinney, an organics specialist, and myself, a metals specialist, were funded through the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund. The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund aim to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. In addition to the exciting new research we are carrying...