Museum:Ackworth Hoard at Pontefract Museum

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Ackworth Hoard


Ackworth Hoard

Ackworth Hoard

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5 Salter Row,
West Yorkshire,

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Sat 22 May - Sat 4 Jun The Travel Posters Of Charles Pears


Pontefract Museum is Covid-19 Secure and is re-open to visitors.

This means that it uses social distancing and other guidelines to protect the health of everyone. Staff will greet each visitor to explain viewing arrangements. For full reopening details please visit:

"When this you see, remember me"

The Ackworth Hoard was found buried in a garden in Ackworth 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.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups


See location of Pontefract Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

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