A FREE exhibition telling the story of the Staffordshire Hoard opens in Stafford today.
The Anglo-Saxon treasure hit the world headlines in 2009 when it was unearthed in a South Staffordshire field.
The gold, silver and gem-studded finds, mostly military in nature and dating back to the 7th or 8th centuries, have helped illuminate a period of history better known as The Dark Ages.
An interactive touring exhibition explaining how the Hoard was found and saved for the nation opens today at Staffordshire Place in Stafford town centre.
It features high quality replicas of the Hoard, showing how it might have looked when it was crafted more than 1,200 years ago.
There are also hands-on activities for visitors to have a go at detecting for treasure and cleaning pieces of the Hoard. Objects to handle and period costumes to try on will help bring the Anglo-Saxon era to life too.
The exhibition can be viewed at Staffordshire Place from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, until August 29.
It will then move on to Hammerwich Community Centre from August 31 to September 15 and Chasewater Innovation Centre October 2 to 27.