A conservation and research project to preserve and restore the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard has been shortlisted for a national accolade.
The Icon Conservation Awards recognise the highest standards of conservation, research and collections care within the UK art and heritage sectors.
The Staffordshire Hoard is the biggest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered and is the subject of an ongoing conservation project being led by Birmingham Museums Trust.
It was discovered by a someone using a metal-detector in a field in Staffordshire in 2009 and features around 4,000 items of early medieval gold, garnet and silver.
It is owned by Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent councils and is cared for on their behalf by Birmingham Museums Trust and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
Toby Watley, director of collections at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: "When the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered, it was immediately apparent that the find was one of an exceptional nature, with the potential to deliver a significant impact on public perception of the seventh century.
"From the immediate media and public interest, it was clear that the hoard would present a unique and challenging opportunity for conservation and curation.
"As a result of continuous exposure and new learning from the conservation and research programme, public thirst for the hoard continues to grow. It is wonderful that the project has been shortlisted for this prestigious award, which recognises excellence in the conservation of cultural heritage."
The Icon Conservation Awards will be handed out during a ceremony at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London in October.