Let’s keep this hoard here

A father-of-three who uncovered a hoard of Viking silver is hoping the find will be secured by a Lancashire museum.'Darren Webster's find was officially declared treasure by Deputy Coroner Simon Jones, at an inquest at Preston Coroner's Court.

A father-of-three who uncovered a hoard of Viking silver is hoping the find will be secured by a Lancashire museum.'Darren Webster's find was officially declared treasure by Deputy Coroner Simon Jones, at an inquest at Preston Coroner's Court.

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What’s going on?

The amazing Silverdale Hoard collection is being removed from its true home, Lancaster City Museum.

Not by a group of marauding Vikings but by Lancashire County Council.

The collection is to be permanently housed at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston. Why?

The collection has been in the Lancaster district for well over 1,000 years (albeit most of the time underground).

The exhibition has had an amazing response at Lancaster City Museum. Attendances have soared with a great increase to visitor numbers and consequently a great boost to the local economy (much needed).

Gareth Williams, a curator at the British Museum, says: “These days there’s much more of an assumption that the normal place for important finds will be in regional museums.

As the main museum for North Lancashire, I think Lancaster City Museum is the ideal place for it.”

I agree with him.

Hands off county. Leave the Silverdale Hoard where it belongs, Lancaster City Museum.

Coun Paul Woodruff

Lancaster City Council

Free Independent.