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.
Fundraising for the West Yorkshire Hoard is now closed. Sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed so far toward the acquisition of the fantastic West Yorkshire Hoard. For a complete list of supporters, other than those who chose to remain anonymous, visit our page on supporters.
Keep your eye on this space to see the results of the campaign which will be publicised shortly.
You can still currently see the Hoard on display at Leeds City Museum and hopefully this is where it will stay.
A £95,000 grant from The National Heritage Memorial Fund has been awarded toward the acquisition of The West Yorkshire Hoard.
The NHMF was set up to save the most outstanding parts of our heritage at risk of loss to the nation, as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the UK.
The West Yorkshire Hoard is of national importance and is at risk of being sold at auction if the money is not raised, so the NHMF deemed it worthy of such a generous grant.
There has been such a positive response to the appeal and supporters have been so generous in their giving and general support, however, there is still a shortfall and all of the stops are being pulled out to reach £170,000 the Hoard has been valued at by experts at the British Museum. The total left to raise for the appeal is just short of £15,000 – we are so close!
Donations are still being accepted to the appeal as with this news, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have agreed to extend the loan of the Hoard until 15th December 2011 while the remaining money is raised. The Hoard will stay on display in Leeds City Museum until then.
We will find out the results of fundraising applications tomorrow. These decisions will determine whether the purchase of the West Yorkshire Hoard is within reach of acquistion for Leeds and West Yorkshire.
Continued thanks to all of those who have and continue to donate to the appeal. Should these grant applications be sucessful, there will still be a small shortfall and we are still actively fundraising – so please continue to donate.
Watch this space for news of decisions and running totals!