Staff from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery have teamed up with students of Pinc College, a specialist college for creative education, for an innovative education project about the Staffordshire Hoard.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery were previously awarded a £60,000 Arts Council England (ACE) National Lottery Grant for the ‘Staffordshire Hoard Reimagined’ proposal.
The project brings new research on the Staffordshire Hoard – the nation’s largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver treasure – to the public in two activity strands: a programme of remote and onsite learning and engagement, which culminates with the launch of a new gallery and conference at PMAG later this year.
Students from Pinc college undertook an art project based on the Staffordshire Hoard, after opening their doors in October 2021.
Rachel Newman, Campus Lead at Pinc College said: “The students are retelling the story of the Staffordshire Hoard, based on the last 12 years of research. They have been completing copper embossing products and everyone has really been enjoying it.
“The work products are fantastic and the project has a really good feel about it. The students were introduced to the Staffordshire Hoard by the community engagement officer at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, then we came back and used an array of different techniques to record the artefacts. The students have really enjoyed the project and look forward to working with the museum again.”
Pinc College have also produced their own illuminated letters based on Anglo-Saxon art. The students have also produced art using copper, that is a mix of Anglo-Saxon design and their own personal interests.
Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health said: ‘The Staffordshire Hoard remains one of the most popular visitor attractions in the region, because of its astonishing beauty and remarkable objects. Since its discovery in 2009 it has seen more than 1 million visitors. We are thrilled to have been successful with our ACE bid that will allow us to build on those visitor numbers and experience. The story of the treasure has grown since its discovery and we’re incredibly excited to be able to reimagine the gallery and elaborate on that story that we will present to returning visitors, but hopefully encourage a new wave of interest in the Hoard.”
To find out more about the Staffordshire Hoard, please visit https://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/galleries/staffordshire-hoard/
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