I notice an interesting proposal has been put forward from Brownhills Blog reader and Clayhanger Kid Brian Stringer, to erect an information point near to where the Staffordshire Hoard was found in Brownhills. This doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me – I haven’t personally seen the flow of visitors, but it would be nice to mark the area in some way. I hope Brian can find funding. Perhaps Brian could approach Hammerwich Parish Council who seem to have money to burn in relation to the matter.
I am a bit concerned that folks coming here to see the spot will be a bit disappointed by the location – after all, it’s a field full of horses overlooked by industry – but it would be nice to recognise the find was made near Brownhills.
One of the things that’s amazed me since the find has been that the area hasn’t been crawling with metal detectorists. I’ve seen very few. I really thought we’d be inundated.
Anyway, I wish Brian well in his project. If Brian’s reading this, please drop me a line and let me know if there’s anything I can do. My views on some of the sillier ideas surrounding the find are well known, but I don’t see a problem with this – or indeed, the visiting show coming to Walsall. We seem to have missed a trick, there.
You would have thought that at least a minute fragment of the Brownhills Hoard could visit the town, maybe even display it in the Library, as long as it does’t close due to the cuts.
A sign seems a good idea to me too, maybe a small plaque discretely in the verge.
I’ve never seen any detectorists in the field either, maybe all that strip-mining the archaeologists did finding nothing has put people off, or more likely no Foreigners know where Brownhills is.
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