Hordes Flock to Museum to See Anglo-Saxon Treasure Find
More than 10,000 people flocked to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery this weekend to see the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.
Visitors waited up to two hours to gain entry to the exhibition and queues stretched out the building doors and snaked around neighbouring roads.
Around 7,500 people had seen the exhibition from when it opened at 10am on Friday to 5pm the following day.
There were long queues again yesterday and staff believe 3,000 people waited to see the 60 items, within five hours.
Around 1,300 mainly gold and silver items - thought to date back to 700AD - were unearthed on Staffordshire farmland by Terry Herbert, 55, in July.
Rita McLean, head of Birmingham Museum and Heritage, said: "We are trying to keep things moving and the staff have been brilliant in keeping visitors moving along the cabinets.
"The museum have turned this around so quickly. From the minute the hoard was found, it had to be catalogued, photographed and then we had to build a small exhibition, in a matter of weeks not months as is usually the case. …