image for Museum item typeAckworth Hoard at Pontefract Museum

Ackworth Hoard

Ackworth Hoard

Ackworth Hoard


5 Salter Row,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 11 May - Sat 20 Jul The Golden Age of Satire
Sat 29 Jun Family Fun
Sat 6 Jul Family Fun
Wed 10 Jul Meet the Curator
Thu 11 Jul Georgian Food and Satire with Dr Annie Gray
Sat 13 Jul Family Fun


When this you see, remember me

The Ackworth Hoard was found buried in a garden in Ackworth last year inside a pot made locally in Wrenthorpe. It is made up of 52 gold and 539 silver coins and a single gold ring. Dating to the Civil War, it is the only hoard known from the Wakefield district and has a distinct Royalist association.

Wakefield Council campaigned to keep the Ackworth Hoard in the district. Fundraising has ensured that this amazing treasure will remain in Yorkshire.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £25,500 towards the acquisition of the treasure and a programme of associated activities so that people can learn about its importance to Wakefield and Yorkshire. Further support includes £49,000 raised from national funding, £27,000 from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant and £10,000 from the Headley Trust. Over £2,500 has also been reached through local fundraising including Ackworth Parish Council donating £500.

A selection of the hoard will go on display from late summer 2013. Please check with Pontefract Museum as to what is on display before making a special trip.

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Map reference: SE 455219  Lat: 53.69156 Long: -1.31243

By Road:
Jct32 M62
Follow signs for Pontefract Town Centre.
Museum is on the precinct, next to Pontefract Library

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Tanshelf Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups