Event - Year 4 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

11 July 2018

First, we visited the Staffordshire Hoard, which is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever discovered. The hoard gives us a window on the life of England in the 7th century AD and the world of its warriors. It was buried on the edge of a hill overlooking Watling Street, an old Roman road. In 650 AD, this was still in use as an important route.

We found out that many of the objects came from military equipment belonging to the warrior elite. Only important people and the best warriors would have a sword, armour and a helmet.

During a museum lesson, we discovered how archaeologists, scientists and museum curators work together to understand more about the fragments and how they would have been used. We each had the opportunity to have a go at different tasks around the museum, such as using the correct tools to clean a fragment without damaging it and test the acidity of soil to understand when items were buried.

Later, we visited the Egyptian hall to learn more about the mummification process, a process that took up to 70 days. We discovered that Egyptians buried their dead with all the items they needed for the afterlife.

We finished our exciting day by visiting Dippy the Diplodocus, who is on tour from the National History Museum in London.

The hoard contains over 4,000 objects and broken fragments.
The objects found would have belonged to the top ranks of Anglo-Saxon society.

Many of the objects are from weapons, including almost 90 sword hilts.
Scientists believe the hoard was buried around 650-670AD.

There are many possible reasons why the treasure was buried.
The king and queen held court in the mead hall.

Scientists test the soil where treasure is found to understand when it was buried.
Conservationists clean small fragments and study the patterns.

A curator needs to use some educated guess work to image the whole piece.
In the Egyptian room we saw a Stelae, which are slabs featuring inscriptions.

A display of Egyptian tools.
Learning about mummification in the Egyptian hall.

A skeleton of a Dodo.
Different types of modern bird eggs.

Dippy the Diplodocus.