Silverdale Hoard coming to York for major new display at JORVIK Viking Centre!
Big news from JORVIK this month as they launch their new display of the Silverdale Hoard, the most incredible collection of silver jewellery and coins. Found in a lead container buried in Lancashire, is set to form the centrepiece of a new year-long display at York’s JORVIK Viking Centre. The Silverdale Hoard, dating back to around AD 900, will arrive for a year-long exhibition on 8 February 2022. It has been loaned to JORVIK Viking Centre by Lancashire County Museum Service for the next 12 months.
“This is the first time since its discovery that the Silverdale Hoard has been displayed outside of Lancashire, where it was unearthed by metal detectorist Darren Webster in 2011,” comments Christine McDonnell, Head of Collections and Archives at the JORVIK Viking Centre. “With thousands of people coming to JORVIK every week to learn about the Vikings, we’re extremely excited to be able to host this remarkable collection for the next 12 months.”
The Silverdale Hoard is one of the largest Viking hoards ever discovered in the UK, containing over 200 pieces of the most amazing arm rings, hacksilver, ingots and coins, plus the lead container in which they were buried – displayed in dedicated cases in JORVIK’s artefacts gallery.
Whilst the provenance of hoards is always mysterious, raising questions as to the reason anyone might have for burying all of their valuables in a random field, and what stopped them from returning to collect it – the content often gives a valuable insight into life and society at the time it was buried. Several Viking-age hoards have been discovered along the route between the centres of Scandinavian power in Dublin and York, including the one found at Silverdale.
A special free virtual presentation marking the arrival of the Silverdale Hoard will take place in February as part of That JORVIK Viking Thing, the online Viking festival. Dr Gareth Williams of the British Museum will explain the hoard’s significance and the steps the British Museum took to conserve the find in a free online lecture. For more details, please visit jorvikthing.com
“With the postponement of JORVIK Viking Festival from February to May, we’re pleased to be able to announce the arrival of the Silverdale Hoard for anyone still planning to make a trip to the city during the February half term,” comments director of attractions, Sarah Maltby. “We’ll be announcing another special treat shortly, so our advice for any Viking enthusiasts is to get tickets booked for a half-term visit to JORVIK Viking Centre as soon as you can – even without the physical Viking Festival, we’re expecting it to be busy!”
County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services at Lancashire County Council, said, “As one of the largest Viking hoards to be discovered in Britain, the Silverdale Hoard is not only important to Lancashire where it was found, but to the nation as a whole.
“Our museum service is delighted that it will be going on show at JORVIK Viking Centre, one of the country’s premier museums, and we hope it will inspire and captivate the many thousands of visitors who see it.”
For more information, or to book a ticket to JORVIK, please visit jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk
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