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Julie Kuehl

Ok, if anyone is interested. The Staffordshire Hoard is a main exhibit at the Potteries Museum. It’s in the main hall straight ahead as you walk in the doors in the Anglo-Saxon room. (Walking through that room felt like a quick review of several years of the podcast.) There are four display cases with various pieces from the hoard on display. They are expertly lighted and there are magnifying glass sheets (they’re about 12 inches x 8 inches, and I don’t know what else to call them) that really help in viewing the pieces. If you move the magnifiers around a bit you can focus extra light on the items. And while the items are well lit for viewing, the lighting and glass cases can interfere with trying to take photographs.

One item that isn’t exactly from the Hoard, but really made me appreciate the find, was a replica of a sword hilt and all it’s pieces. Since it was new, it was very shiny and the details were still sharp. Oh how it caught the light and sparkled! It was such a nice touch as a backdrop to the actual Hoard items.

All in all, the 4000-ish mile journey for me to see the hoard was well worth it. Without the background of the podcast, I’m sure I would have a very different (limited) appreciation. So thank you Jamie for making these items so very exciting to view!