Saxon warriors will be invading a city museum's opening of a Staffordshire Hoard exhibition this weekend in a bid to get their hands back on their lost gold.
Re-enactors from the Poor Cnights of St Chad will storm the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery to demonstrate what life was like in Anglo-Saxon Britain at the time the Hoard was buried.
They will show visitors to the new Staffordshire Hoard exhibition, Dark Age Discovery, the armoury and weaponry carried into battle to be compared with the artefacts on display.
The Dark Age Discovery exhibition features over 200 specially chosen artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard.
Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development, inward investment, culture, sport and leisure, said: “The Staffordshire Hoard has sparked the imaginations of people from the city and far beyond.
“By having a troop of Saxon warriors present in the museum for the opening of the Dark Age Discovery exhibition we are able to show visitors a living breathing use for the artefacts and how they would fit into a Saxon warrior’s daily life.”
Visitors will also be able to hear about living conditions of the time and see demonstrations of leather and wood working and the art of carving bone and antlers.
Storyteller Julie Cooper will regale visitors with dramatic tales of Saxon action and adventure combining historical facts and legends with imagination.
The warriors will at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday July 21, 2012 between 10:30am and 4pm. The Staffordshire Hoard exhibition will open at 10am.
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