Leeds Museums and Galleries have successfully acquired the West Yorkshire Hoard, and it will now stay permanently in Leeds!
Along with our contribution, generous grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Art Fund, The Headley Trust, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society and the Goldsmith’s Company, as well as almost £14,000 in public donations, ensured that these amazing finds will now stay in their home museum.
A huge thank you to everybody who donated to the appeal, it really made a huge difference and without your help these nationally significant finds would not have been saved for the public.
You can still see the West Yorkshire Hoard on temporary display in The Leeds Story gallery in Leeds City Museum.
What happens now?
Now the objects are staying in Leeds, the museums service are working on developing a new permanent display for the objects within The Leeds Story gallery. They will be involving partners such as the Institute for Medieval Studies at Leeds University to develop ongoing research which will feed into the interpretation of the finds. Leeds Museums and Galleries also hope to develop a small publication on The West Yorkshire Hoard by the end of the year.
If you want to find out more, Curator of Archaeology, Katherine Baxter, will be giving a free half-hour lunch time talk on the hoard in The Leeds Story Gallery as part of the Festival of British Archaeology, on Tuesday 24th July 12.30-1pm.
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!
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?