In our most successful Archaeology Festival ever, visitors attending Dot Boughton’s fascinating talk about her involvement in the discovery of the Silverdale Hoard were in for a special treat. The Viking treasure, discovered in 2011 is believed to have been one man’s share of the much larger Cuerdale Hoard.
Coins from the 1840 find are currently on display at the museum kindly on loan from the Harris Museum, Preston. Image P1020348 shows Dot autographing postcards of the Silverdale Hoard. She spoke at some length of her role as Finds Liaison Officer at the British Museum for the NW of England.
In this respect she is responsible for treasure Trove, and presented an inscribed silver ring found by metal-detectionists Iain Gunn and his wife at Mawdesley to the museum. It dates from around 1550 and is of a type known as a Posy Ring.
|Dot examining a small bronze axe|
This is the first Treasure Trove the museum has received. It was also the 1000th donation of items to the South Ribble Museum collection. As curator Dr David Hunt said, ‘We are a tiny volunteer run museum so this is quite a day for us. I don’t think our founders in 1978 could ever quite have envisaged this day coming along!’. But that was not the end of the occasion, because Dot went on to identify a locally found small bronze axe as dating from around 1700bc. That is almost 4000 years old. Dot had the last word, ‘This is really exciting, it is not a rare or valuable find but really is what my job is all about; saving our heritage for the nation’.