17th century gold ring found in Staffordshire

A rare 17th century gold ring found with a metal detector is set to be snapped by Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest museum.

The mourning ring was unearthed underneath some brambles in the Newcastle area in June 2010.

It has been declared treasure and is currently being stored at The British Museum, in London.

But it is understood that The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Hanley, is bidding to bring the antique back to North Staffordshire.

17th century gold ring found in Staffordshire

Staffordshire Hoard: Three-year touring exhibition begins

A three-year touring exhibition about the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard has been launched.

The hoard comprises more than 1,500 Anglo-Saxon items found by a metal detectorist buried on a farm in Staffordshire in July 2009.

The collection was subsequently valued at £3.3m and is now owned by Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The exhibition has been paid for by £47,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding.

It will tour various community venues across the West Midlands for three years and “tell the story” of the discovery of the hoard using replica items and video footage.

Really, I don’t see the point of this. There’s very little about the details of the discovery to interest the general public. Bloke wanders around muddy fields with a metal detector for 20 years and eventually strikes lucky. The “muddy fields” and “20 years” bits will be glossed over but more plonkers will buy cheap detectors from Ebay and go out detecting illegally. Great.

Staffordshire Hoard: Three-year touring exhibition begins