Staffordshire horde descend on Westminster

July 5, 2011

Cultural ambassadors from Staffordshire descended on Westminster last week for a meeting with the tourism minister.

Staffordshire County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customers travelled to London to meet with John Penrose MP, Minister for Tourism and Heritage on Wednesday 29 June.

County Councillor Corfield was visiting the capital to promote the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour which opened at the Shire Hall Gallery on Saturday 2 July. He was joined at the meeting by Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy, Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley and Warrian, an Anglo-Saxon warrior who’s been on the hunt for the hoard.

Star items from the world famous collection of Anglo-Saxon treasures are going on display in a new exhibition in Staffordshire throughout the summer and the ministerial visit provided the ideal opportunity get the message out to the powers that be about the tour and the other good work going on in Staffordshire to promote arts, culture and heritage.

County Councillor Corfield said:

“I was delighted that the Minister for Tourism and Heritage found time in his diary to accommodate our Staffordshire ‘horde’ on its hoard themed visit.

“The discovery in 2009 of the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metal work ever found really pushed our county to the fore and the tour throughout Staffordshire this summer includes a fantastic array of items from the collection, many of which are on public display for the very first time.

“As well as a rich cultural heritage, Staffordshire has a wealth of recreational opportunities on offer. There is so much for people to see and do here and we want to attract even more visitors to our county. That’s the message I took to the Minister for him to promote from the country’s cultural headquarters.”

John Penrose MP, Minister for Tourism and Heritage said:

“The Staffordshire Hoard is an amazing treasure. It is teaching us a great amount about Britain in the Dark Ages and it is stunningly beautiful. It is also helping to put Staffordshire even more firmly on the map and will help to attract a greater number of visitors to the county. The hoard is certainly giving people in Staffordshire even more to be proud of.”

Jeremy Lefroy MP said:

“I’m delighted that the hoard is being displayed in Stafford. It will be tremendous to see so many people visiting and will be a great boost to the town centre. I have a great personal interest in history and have certainly been finding our more about the great kingdom of Mercia as a result of this wonderful discovery.”

Aidan Burley MP said:

“I’m delighted to see a county councillor and cabinet member from Cannock visiting Westminster and meeting the Minister to highlight the importance of the hoard.

“This is a hugely important historical find which has brought international attention on Staffordshire. The Minister has taken great interest in the story behind this find and has been very supportive. I’d urge as many people as possible to go and see the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour this summer.”

The Staffordshire Hoard on Tour is on display at the Shire Hall Gallery from Saturday July 2 to Sunday July 24, where the exhibition will run from 9.30am to 5pm seven days a week. This exhibition marks the first stage of a three-venue tour of the county during the summer that also takes in Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle.

Entry to the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour is free but pre-booking is essential to reserve a place at the exhibition. Tickets are available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/hoard.

Ends

Enc picture: L-R: County Councillor Pat Corfield; Jeremy Lefroy MP, “Warrian” the Warrior, John Penrose MP, Minister for Tourism and Heritage; and Aidan Burley MP.

Issued by Mark Farnan on 05/07/2011 10:45:12

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