Council to discuss future of Viking hoard

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Lancaster City Council’s cabinet will consider the options available to secure an important collection of Viking treasure for Lancashire when it meets on May 28.

Known as the Silverdale Hoard and valued at £110,00, the collection of coins and jewellery was found near to Silverdale in September 2011 by a metal detector enthusiast.

It was subsequently declared ‘treasure’, which means it can only be purchased by an accredited museum.

While both Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council meet this criteria, the county council has a considerable level of experience and expertise and currently runs Lancaster’s museums.

Cabinet will be recommended to request that the county council purchases the hoard and secures it for the people of Lancashire.

Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “The discovery of the Silverdale Hoard was very exciting and a reminder to us all of just how rich a heritage we enjoy in the Lancaster district.

“Both the city and county councils are keen for the hoard to remain in Lancashire to provide local people with the chance to see first hand this historically significant collection.”

Other options available for cabinet would be for the city council to purchase the hoard, or for a joint purchase with each council funding parts of the costs.

However, given the costs associated with purchasing the hoard, which would also include conservation and display, a purchase by the city council alone is unaffordable in the long term.