IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1403: The Staffordshire Hoard: Interpretation and Display - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 19.30-20.30

Organiser:Morn D. T. Capper, British Museum, London / Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Moderator/Chair:Alan Thacker, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

The Staffordshire Hoard, discovered in 2009, is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon objects ever found. Over 3 000 finds, mostly made of gold, silver and precious stones, were eventually uncovered. The hoard was saved for the nation by a public appeal and jointly acquired by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. This session discusses preliminary interpretations of the hoard as a unique assemblage for our understanding of Anglo-Saxon identities. As the agenda moves on to the development of permanent galleries, the masculine and war-like nature of the hoard also raises questions for interpretation and museum display.

Participants include Morn D. T. Capper (British Museum, London / Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery), Leslie E. Webster (British Museum, London / Staffordshire Hoard Research Advisory Panel), and Alex Woolf (University of St Andrews).