Historians Dr David Starkey and Dr Tristram Hunt and broadcaster Tony Robinson are among the stellar supporters fronting the fundraising campaign to raise £3.3million to help save the spectacular Staffordshire Hoard for the nation. The Hoard – a glittering array of over 1,500 pieces of ornately decorated gold and silver dating from the Anglo Saxon period – was found in a field in Staffordshire late last year.

The Art Fund charity is leading the fundraising effort to save the Hoard. Campaigners have just 13 weeks to raise the money needed to save it for the nation to enjoy.

Dr David Starkey is an eminent historian and broadcaster, well known for his TV series on Henry VIII and the monarchy. He said: “Archaeological finds don’t come any bigger than this. The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest and most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever; it’s the most important find for over half a century, and, in terms of the history of Middle England, the most important ever. But break it up or move it and its meaning is lost. It must stay here, together and intact, to be studied and displayed here in the West Midlands, the foundation of whose history it will now become.”

The battle to save the Staffordshire Hoard