Ackworth Hoard to stay in Yorkshire

Wakefield Council has expressed a formal interest in acquiring the 'Ackworth Hoard' discovered by an Ackworth resident last July while digging in their garden. '' ''The finder reported the discovery to the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the hoard was taken to the British Museum for assessment as potential treasure. As the hoard is more than 300 years old it is covered by the Treasure Act 1996.'The hoard consists of an inscribed gold finger ring, 48 gold coins and 543 silver coins, all buried in a ceramic pot.
Wakefield Council has expressed a formal interest in acquiring the 'Ackworth Hoard' discovered by an Ackworth resident last July while digging in their garden. '' ''The finder reported the discovery to the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the hoard was taken to the British Museum for assessment as potential treasure. As the hoard is more than 300 years old it is covered by the Treasure Act 1996.'The hoard consists of an inscribed gold finger ring, 48 gold coins and 543 silver coins, all buried in a ceramic pot.

A treasure trove unearthed in an Ackworth garden is to remain in Yorkshire thanks to £49,000 worth of grants and donations.

The Ackworth Hoard will go on display at Pontefract Museum between June and August after Wakefield Council launched a campaign last October to raise the cash needed to keep the find close to home.

Heritage Lottery Fund has donated £25,500 to go towards the cost of purchasing the treasure, which contains 52 gold and 539 silver Civil War coins and a single gold ring.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “We are delighted to have secured the hoard for display at Pontefract Museum.

“These items are a real part of this district’s rich history and we are overwhelmed by the fantastic response from the public to save the Hoard for Yorkshire.”

A further £27,000 has been secured from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant and £10,000 from the Headley Trust, while a further £2,500 has collected from community fundraising including a donation of £500 from Ackworth Parish Council.

The council will fund the gap to reach the target needed to keep the items in the district.