Leeds nostalgia: The story of how the Leeds Hoard came to be in city museum

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The captivating story behind the West Yorkshire Hoard and its discovery surely makes it one of Leeds’s most fascinating and historic finds.

Unearthed by a metal detectorist on an unassuming patch of Leeds farm land between 2008 and 2009, the dazzling Anglo Saxon treasure has only recently gone on permanent display at Leeds City Museum.

The hoard is made up of seven objects, dating from the seventh to 11th centuries. Six of the objects in the hoard are high quality gold jewellery which would only have been worn by Anglo-Saxons of exceptional wealth and status.

The most visually impressive is a gold ring with a lozenge-shaped bezel. Three more beautiful gold rings, a gold brooch fragment, a gold ingot fragment and a lead spindle whorl used to spin wool into yarn, complete the display.

The artefacts were acquired by Leeds Museums and Galleries in 2012 following a fundraising appeal the previous year, along with grants from the Art Fund, the Friends of Leeds City Museums and The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. The success of the appeal saved the hoard from public auction.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said:

“Discovering real buried treasure must have been an incredibly exciting moment for this metal detectorist and we’re lucky that having the hoard on display allows us all to share that experience.

“The hoard is such a significant find and it’s a genuine privilege to have it here in Leeds.”