The Ackworth Hoard goes on display in Pontefract Museum

A HOARD of treasure which had been buried in a garden for more than 300 years is now on display in Pontefract Museum.

Monday, 7th January 2013, 12:15 pm

Wakefield Council has secured £37,000 of national funding towards the cost of the Ackworth Hoard, which was found in a garden in Ackworth last year.

Another £2,000 was raised through public donations.

And it has allowed the council to put a selection of the Hoard, which was found in a pot made in Wrenthorpe, in the museum.

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Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “We are delighted to have secured part of The Hoard for display at Pontefract Museum. 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.

“Thank you to those who have already donated. We still need more support to secure The Hoard in its entirety so every donation however big or small will help save the items for Yorkshire.”

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

It dates back to the Civil War and was probably buried between 1645 and 1646.

The council got £27,000 from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant and £10,000 from the Headley Trust.

And it is hoping to secure another £10,000 for the rest of the Hoard.

Donations can be made at Pontefract Museum, Pontefract Castle, Sandal Castle, Wakefield Tourist Information Centre or any Wakefield district library.

And people can donate by post, to Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA.

Surplus donations will be used to help pay for conservation of the Hoard.

If not enough is raised to buy the Hoard, donations will be used for the development and care of collections at Pontefract Museum.