If our display cabinets are not complimenting the current exhibition you will find them containing exhibits from our own collection which are not normally on show or items relating to the South Ribble area on loan from a neighbouring museum or centre.
The Cuerdale Hoard
A selection of coins from the largest hoard of Viking silver ever found outside of Russia is currently on display in our exhibition cabinets.
The Cuerdale Hoard was found on the banks of the River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale in 1840 and comprises 8,500 pieces of silver coins and bullion, making it one of England's greatest national treasures.
The hoard is on permanent display at the British Museum in London, but 20 coins have been loaned to us to feature as part of the Treasures of South Ribble exhibition. The hoard was discovered by a party of local workmen repairing flood damage to the river bank in August 1840. Study of the dates of the coins suggests that it was buried sometime between 905 and 910ad. No-one knows why the hoard was there, although the favourite explanation is that it was an army's pay chest hurriedly buried.
Among the coins on display are those of King Alfred, Saint Edmund memorial coinage from East Anglia and the York coins of Siegfred and Cnut.
To compliment the display we also feature coins from the Roman Worden Hoard, found in Leyland in 1850.