Cash needed for treasure display

Ring found in the Ackworth hoard.

Ring found in the Ackworth hoard.

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COUNCIL chiefs are urging residents to donate thousands of pounds to help keep a hoard of treasure in Pontefract.

Wakefield Council hopes to secure £49,000 of funding to put the gold and silver Civil War coins found in an Ackworth garden last July on display at Pontefract Museum.

But the authority needs a further £5,500 in public donations to meet the total cost of buying the hoard.

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.

“Help us keep this important find in the district by supporting our campaign to raise funds to buy to the Ackworth hoard.

“Every donation however big or small will help save the items for Yorkshire.”

At a treasure trove inquest earlier this year, Wakefield Coroner’s Court heard how Dr Owen Johnson unearthed a ceramic pot containing the coins while inspecting building work at his home in High Ackworth.

The hoard – which also contained a gold posy ring inscribed “When this you see, remember me” – is thought to have been buried between 1645 and 1646, around the same time as the second siege of Pontefract Castle.

If more money is raised than needed the surplus will be used to help pay for the display and its conservation.

If donations don’t meet the target, the cash will be used for the development and care of collections at the museum.

To make a donation in person ask for a donation envelope at Pontefract Museum, Pontefract Castle, Sandal Castle, Wakefield Tourist Information Centre or any district library from October 22.

To make a donation by post send a cheque made payable to Wakefield Council to The Ackworth Hoard, Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA.

Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/AckworthHoard for more information.