Partners and Funders

The acquisition, conservation and research of the Staffordshire Hoard has been possible due to the generosity of funding partners and donors.

Fundraising and Funding Partners

The Art Fund

After the hoard was declared treasure and valued at £3.285 million, an international fundraising campaign to save the hoard for the nation was mounted by the Art Fund on behalf of local, regional and national partners. The Art Fund kick-started the campaign with an initial grant of £300,000 and led on the public giving campaign.

Visit the Art Fund website.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) is the government’s fund of last resort for heritage items at risk. The NHMF generously donated £1,285,000 to secure the Staffordshire Hoard for the nation.

Visit the National Heritage Memorial Fund website.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund distribute the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. Since their foundation in 1994, thanks to National Lottery players they have awarded £7.9billion to over 43,000 projects.

They believe that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

Visit the National Lottery Heritage Fund website.

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Staffordshire Hoard Partnership

The acquisition was also generously supported by Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council (£100,000 each), Staffordshire County Council (£80,000) and Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council (£20,000 each).

Grants and Donations

Jewellers Wartski generously donated the full amount needed to acquire the additional hoard pieces discovered in 2012, and we are extremely grateful for their support.

We would particularly like to thank History West Midlands for their support and continuing commitment to telling the story of the Staffordshire Hoard.

Generous contributions towards the acquisition, display, care, conservation and research of the Staffordshire Hoard, and towards innovative learning and outreach programmes have also been received from: Arts Council England, The Assay Office, The Back Yard Brewhouse, Baron Davenport’s Charity, Birmingham Common Good Trust, Birmingham Decorative & Fine Art Society, Birmingham St George’s Day Association, Blakemore Foundation, Bromsgrove Society, C.B. & H.H. Taylor 1984 Trust, City of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Development Trust, Charles Cooper Foundation, Charles Henry Foyle Trust, Coutts Charitable Trust, Douglas Turner Charitable Trust, Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Collection Fund, Eva Wishart – in her memory,  Federation of Small Businesses, Staffordshire and West Midlands, Format of Birmingham Ltd, Friends of Birmingham Museums Trust, The Friends of Charnwood, Friends of The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, The Garfield Weston Charitable Foundation, GJW Turner Trust, The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, The Grimmitt Trust, Hartnett Conservative Trust, Hazel Wood Trust, The Headley Trust, Hortons’ Estate Ltd, The John and Ruth Howard Charitable Trust, John & Christine Hurdley, The Idlewild Trust, The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Leek and District Historical Society, Limoges Trust, Marian Allsobrook, The Mercers’ Company, Michael & Joyce Darby, Mr S.D.V. Gronow, Museums, Libraries & Archives Council, National Council for Metal Detecting, The Pilgrim Trust, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, Rowlands Trust, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, Staffordshire Hoard Guardians, St Philips Chambers, Trevor Denning – in his memory, Wakefield Trust, William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust, Wolfson Foundation, Wragge & Co LLP and a number of donors who wish to remain anonymous.

We are very grateful to the thousands of members of the public who donated towards the acquisition of the Staffordshire Hoard and who continue to support our efforts to care for and understand it.

National Partners

Historic England
Historic England immediately recognised the exceptional nature of the find in 2009 and provided £25,000 of emergency funds and specialist advice to Staffordshire County Council to assist in the initial archaeological excavations.

The Staffordshire Hoard research project and publication is funded by Historic England, Birmingham Museums Trust and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, with the assistance of other generous patrons. The research project was managed by Barbican Research Associates.

Visit the Historic England website.

Portable Antiquities Scheme
The Portable Antiquities Scheme records archaeological finds found by members of the public and publishes them on its online database. There is a network of Finds Liaison Officers based in museums and county councils around England and Wales and six National Finds Advisers and other staff based at the British Museum.

Visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.

The British Museum
In the early days of the hoard, due to their a statutory role in the administration of the Treasure Act on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, British Museum staff were closely involved with the discovery and valuation of the collection. More recently, the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research is a valued partner in the research project.

Visit the British Museum website.

Publishing partners

The research volume about the Staffordshire Hoard, The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure, is published by the Society of Antiquaries of London. The Society of Antiquaries of London, founded in 1707, is concerned with “the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries.” Its mission includes publishing research of national or international significance.

The Staffordshire Hoard online catalogue is hosted by the Archaeology Data Service (ADS). The aim of the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is to collect, describe, catalogue, preserve, and provide user support for digital resources that are created as a product of archaeological research. Access to the resource is free.