Donate to help retain treasure

The Ackworth Hoard'Photograph by Trustees of the British Museum
The Ackworth Hoard'Photograph by Trustees of the British Museum
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PEOPLE have been asked to chip in to help keep a historic hoard of treasure in the Wakefield area.

The Ackworth Hoard was found last year inside a pot made in Wrenthorpe, buried in a garden in Ackworth.

The hoard includes 52 gold and 539 silver coins, and a single gold ring inscribed with the words “When this you see, remember me”.

But Wakefield Council needs people to help them raise around £5,500 so that the treasure can be kept at Pontefract Museum.

It is hoping to secure another £49,000 in grant funding, which would be enough to keep the hoard in the district.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “These items are a real part of this district’s rich history. We need to do all we can to try and keep the treasure in the district for future generations to enjoy.”

The coins, a mixture of gold and silver, date back to the Civil War and were probably buried between 1645 and 1646.

Hoards of coins from the Civil War are not unusual, but the face value of this find is one of the largest found in Yorkshire.

At 85 pounds and 12 shillings, it was equivalent to over 5 years’ pay for an ordinary footsoldier on 10 pence a day.

To make a donation please ask for a donation envelope at Pontefract Museum, Pontefract Castle, Sandal Castle, Wakefield Tourist Information Centre or any Wakefield district library.

Alternatively, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/AckworthHoard for more details.