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Michael Palin steps in to support Staffordshire Hoard campaign
(from: http://www.artfund.org/staffordshire_hoard/news_and_events/13/michael_pa...

Michael Palin has joined the list of high profile figures who have pledged support for The Art Fund’s nationwide campaign to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands.

The Staffordshire Hoard is the most valuable hoard of treasures ever found on UK soil and was unearthed in Staffordshire last summer.

Independent charity The Art Fund is leading the campaign to save the Hoard for the nation. £3.3 million has to be raised by 17 April.
Michael Palin, author and broadcaster, said “The Staffordshire Hoard is an extraordinary discovery and it should surely stay near to where it was found, in a public place, to be enjoyed by all.”

Celebrated comedian Frank Skinner, who has roots in West Bromwich, has also stepped in to back The Art Fund’s campaign. He said: “It seems right that this beautiful and mysterious treasure, having lain so long in Staffordshire soil, should remain in the West Midlands. It belongs here, like West Bromwich Albion or bull terriers.”

The public are invited to donate here so that the Hoard can be jointly acquired for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Romanes Eunt Domus: If he had that much gold, I bet he was famous at the time; unfortunately, they tend to forget to put name tags on this kind of thing. Frustrates the hell out of archaeologists. ;)

I had a chance to see previews of the pictures of this hoard (big, pretty ones!), but I couldn't go.

I hope Palin and those West Midlanders succeed.

Lvndr HppE at 11:52 am January 18

I hope they succeed, too. I was just wondering, monetary value aside, what else is so important about this find that means that it needs to stay in public view?

Romanes Eunt Domus at 12:38 pm January 18


The first picture you see shows the quality craftsmanship these bits had. Aside from that, there's the historical and cultural value.

And what do you know! It says Staffordshire was part of Mercia at that time. So there's your Holy Grail connection. :)

The Ex-Leper at 12:42 pm January 18

through the kingdom of Mercia through...
Where'd you get the coconuts?
We found them!
What? In Mercia? The coconut's tropical!

Lvndr HppE at 12:55 pm January 18

The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter yet these are not strangers to our land.

Lady April: GO MIKEY!!!! WOOHOO!!!

Lvndr HppE: What's the story behind this jewlery? Was it owned by some famous person?

Lady and Laird Candermine:

Thanks for the info. Those gold looking things look wonderfully made.
I thought early on that the Pythons had a love of archeology.