Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) and the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, (JIIC) School of Jewellery have joined forces to offer a unique auction prize at this year’s British Jewellery Giftware and Finishing Federation Benevolent Society Ball on Thursday 3rd December 2015.
The highest bidder and up to 10 guests will be escorted behind the scenes at BMAG to the Conservation Studios where the Hoard Conservation Team will be on hand to demonstrate how they are conserving the Staffordshire Hoard.
The Hoard is the largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered and is the subject of an ongoing conservation project.
It is made up of over 3,500 items that are nearly all martial or warlike in character, with an estimated value of £3.2 million, over 5 kilos of gold, over a 1 kilo of silver and 3,500 cloisonné garnets.
The highest bidder and his/her guests will hear about recent findings and research and also have privileged views of the Hoard under powerful microscopes.
The JIIC team will be on hand to demonstrate how they have used new technologies to replicate some of the most important finds.
The ground-breaking work has uncovered internationally-significant objects that link us to an age of warrior splendour and are enabling experts to increase knowledge of 7th century Anglo-Saxon England.
The project has already won huge critical acclaim, being the recipient of the American Institute of Archaeology’s Conservation and Heritage Management Award in 2014.
The highest bidder and their party will get privileged knowledge and insights into what conservators think the objects were used for and how they were made, and how a combination of new technologies and craftsmanship skills are creating replicas for future generations to study and enjoy.