Saturday 17th November 2018 BAS Lecture: The Staffordshire Hoard

Saturday 17th November 2018 BAS Lecture

The Staffordshire Hoard

by Dr Eleanor Blakelock

The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 led to the development of a cross-disciplinary programme to conserve, research and disseminate the find. The Hoard consists of the largest assemblage of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver objects, most of which is battle regalia. Most of the material belongs to the sixth to seventh centuries and much is richly decorated with intricate interlace patterns carried out using a variety of techniques including cloisonné garnet and filigree. Many different raw materials were brought together to create the objects in the hoard, including; precious metals, garnets, glass, organics and other inlays.

As part of the wider research project studying the Staffordshire Hoard a ground breaking study of the gold was carried out. The work has revealed more details about workshop practice and from this it is possible to outline some of the decisions made by the goldsmiths in the Anglo-Saxon period to enhance the appearance of the objects.

Dr Eleanor Blakelock, Metals Specialist, works at Birmingham Museum Conservation studio as one of two Esmee Fairbairn positions. She is a trained archaeometallurgist, a scientist that investigates ancient metals and metalworking techniques

Image of folded cross courtesy of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Staffordshire Hoard website

2.00 pm for 2.30 pm at the RISC Centre, London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Google map reference


There are important changes to parking at the rear of the RISC building.

For many years RISC has been allowed by the land owners to use the car park on evenings after 6 p.m. and on weekends for free. These are the white marked spaces on the same level as but not directly behind the building. Unfortunately it has now been decided to make this a paid parking area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and a parking management company has been contracted to control it. As of now the new rules will apply; they are not entirely straightforward.

Pay-by-phone charges apply for the bays numbered 3 to 16 only, marked in WHITE. There are no cash machines. Charges apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Do not park in bays 1, 2, 17 to 22 marked in RED at any time – these spaces are rented by individuals and parking in them at any time will incur a parking charge of £100