The Staffordshire Hoard has been ''saved for the nation'' after a donation from the Government heritage fund.
The Staffordshire Hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, is to stay in the Mercian homeland after the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), the Government's fund for heritage items at risk, pledged £1,285,000 yesterday, bringing the total funds raised to the £3.3 million target a full 3 weeks before the deadline.
In addition to the sum already raised from a nationwide fund-raising drive overseen by The Art Fund, an independent charity, the Government grant means that the hoard will be purchased and displayed permanently in the UK. The Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery will receive the donated sum to jointly purchase the hoard from its discoverer Terry Herbert and Fred Johnson, the owner of the property where it was found.
The campaign had been set a deadline of April 17, meaning it reached its target more than three weeks ahead of schedule. More than 100,000 people have so far viewed items from the hoard, being displayed in Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and at the British Museum, donating more than £900,000 towards the appeal, which also received financial support from Birmingham and Stoke city councils.
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