A few weeks ago Hub and I were wandering rather disconsolately in the city on our day off, not quite sure what to do with ourselves as the weather was wet and cold. We had been wanting to see the Hoard, but knew it was ‘on tour’ and what’s more, people were having to pay for their tickets.
So we were delighted to discover, when we looked to see what was on at the museum, to find that the Hoard had come to rest and what’s more, we could get in free.
It’s the largest hoard yet discovered of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork and it was found in a field near Lichfield by a guy called Terry Herbert, with a metal detector. He must have thought all his Christmases had come at once.
It is wonderfully intricate and we marvelled at the tiny details. How did those guys do it, without the benefit of magnifiers? They can hardly be seen with the naked eye. Garnets were sliced into tiny pieces, then laid over gold leaf. Twisted wire threads were made of gold, so fine they look like hair. Extraordinary.
It was a wonderful pleasure to see it and admire it.