Todays update on the West Yorkshire Hoard Appeal is that the grand total raised to date (excluding grants that we are awaiting news on) is £48,517.50!
This means that if we are successful in getting all of the grant money we have applied for our current shortfall is just £17,792.50.
In the past 24 hours we have recieved over £4,000 in individual donations. Many of these donations come from anonymous donors. We cannot thank their generosity enough. Read more about the Appeal here or find out more about who has supported so far.
In addition, can we thank all of you who have helped and are helping spread the word about this Appeal and further thanks to Goldsmiths of London for generously donating this week.
There are just six days left before the resting place of the West Yorkshire Hoard is determined.
At 11am this morning, thanks to grant giving and personal donations, the total raised towards the purchase of the Hoard, which was found in Leeds, is £44,982.50.
Should further grant applications that are awaiting decision next week be successful, the remaining funds that we need to raise are just under £21,000 – we are so close!
A fantastic £1,770 was raised at the preview evening at Leeds City Museum, led by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society and the Friends of Leeds Museums. Many thanks to all that attended and we hope you enjoyed the event.
Online donations raised to date are £1,478.75 (incl. gift aid).
Cheques sent in to the appeal total £1,733.75 (incl. gift aid)
Sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to this appeal. A list of which is on our supporters page but doesn’t list the very generous donations made by supporters who wish to remain anonymous who we sincerely thank.
Remember the Hoard is currently on display at Leeds City Museum until 15th November!
The West Yorkshire Hoard will be on temporary loan to Leeds City Museum for a limited time in November and the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society are hosting a special event for members to preview the treasures on Wednesday 2 November from 7:00 – 8:30pm.
This is a unique opportunity to see the newly-discovered, Anglo-Saxon, West Riding Hoard, at a preview before its first public showing. This event will also launch a public appeal by the Friends and the ‘Phil & Lit’ for funds to purchase the hoard for the Leeds City Museums.
The event will be held at Leeds City Museum on Millennium Square in Leeds and will include a reception with wine and ‘nibbles’, to be followed by short talks about the discovery, context and significance of the hoard. If you wish to help purchase the hoard for Leeds, please bring your cheque book – and a pen!
Leeds Museums and Galleries have been offered first refusal to purchase the hoard as the local museum service. Grants towards the purchase of these items have been awarded by organisations like ours, The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society and The Art Fund – but we are still well short of the of the required sum. We have until 15th November to raise the remainder. If we fail, the objects are likely to end up in a private collection and be lost from the public sphere
An entry charge of £5:00 per head will be made towards the cost of refreshments. More information and information on how to make donations is available on this website.
For further information about this event and to book, contact Dr J E Lydon: Secretary, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, Faculty of Biological Sciences, The University, Leeds, LS2 9JT
We need your help to save the West Yorkshire Hoard.
The Friends of Leeds City Museums and the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society are joining forces today to help save this unique and amazing treasure for the city of Leeds.
The story so far
Discovered by a metal detectorist, the West Yorkshire Hoard is made up of seven objects, six of these being items of exquisite gold jewellery dating from 7th to 11th centuries. Find out more about the Hoard.
Why do we need to raise the money so quickly?
Leeds Museums and Galleries have been offered first refusal to purchase the Hoard as the local museum service. If we fail to help them raise the sum of £171,310 that the Hoard has been valued at, they will be sold at auction and lost to our region and most likely, from the public sphere altogether.
Can you help us in our campaign to raise the additional funds needed to purchase the hoard by donating too?