Treasure trove to remain at home

The Ackworth Hoard
The Ackworth Hoard

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.

The Ackworth Hoard

The Ackworth Hoard

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.