Museums in the United States are queuing up to host exhibitions of the Staffordshire Hoard following the huge success of its current show in Washington DC.
More than 1,000 people paid to see the items of the Anglo-Saxon treasure at the National Geographic Museum in the US capital during the opening weekend of a four-month show.
It was the second most popular opening for a visiting exhibition.
Now Birmingham and Stoke museums, joint owners of the Hoard, which was found buried in a farmer’s field near Burntwood, are considering approaches from other US venues which could generate funds for research into its history and help to promote the cities.
Head of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Rita McLean said: “It has been wonderful to see the treasure in Washington, and we will be looking into how we can build on this success elsewhere in the States.
“One of the many wonderful things about the Hoard is that it is so big – there are more than 3,500 individual items.
“This means we will always have permanent displays in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent and can show different items on a rolling basis.”
The 100-artefact exhibition of the treasure is on display at the National Geographic Museum until March.
After then, Stoke-on-Trent City Council will be using a £40,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to stage its biggest exhibition of the treasure to date in the region.