A celebration of archaeology inspired by The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery's newly reimagined gallery, Staffordshire Hoard: Treasure of Mercia. A range of free activities and events to suit all ages and interests, from expert presentations, hands-on family activities and theatrical performances.
Discover some of the latest research on this national treasure and listen to an expert talk on the Staffordshire Hoard Helmet by Dr Jenni Butterworth.
Finds Liaison Officer Teresa Gilmore will be exploring Staffordshire Treasures and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Rub shoulders with more archaeological experts in the Foyer with Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society and Dr. Ashleigh Haruda revealing the secrets hidden within animal bones.
In our theatre, enjoy Stories from the Hoard – Myths and Legends. Inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard this new piece of family theatre explores the nature of stories told round the fire late at night. Free performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm.
Throughout the day in the Hoard Gallery we will be presenting Marvellous Mercians. Gather in the Mead Hall to hear family-based tales of myths, magic and monsters bringing to life Goblins, Dwarves, Sprites, Wights and Boggarts. You may even get interviewed by Anglo-Saxon ‘roaming reporters’, comical correspondents for Mercia News!
Poet, Dan Simpson will be performing poetry inspired by The Staffordshire Hoard.
Pinc College are hosting an open studio showing their Saxon inspired artwork.
Make your own Anglo-Saxon Helmet craft activity, £3. 10.30am - 12.00pm and 1pm - 3pm.
Wessex Archaeology invite you to bring into the museum, a treasured object that is special to you. These might be objects that have been passed down through generations, broken objects, too important to throw away or they could be new objects that have taken on a particular meaning or significance. We will photograph these objects and bring them together to create a Hoard of our Time, one which is representative of the culture within the town and celebrates the people who live here now.