Thursday, 18 August 2022

Appeal to keep hoard

WATLINGTON may give £100 towards an appeal fund to keep a treasure trove that was found in the parish in Britain.

Metal detectorist James Mather, from Tilehurst, found the jewellery, 15 ingots and more than 200 Anglo-Saxon coins in October.

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is trying to raise £1.35million to retain the hoard and has already raised 80 per cent of the money, largely thanks to a grant of more than £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Watlington Parish Council will consider making a donation at its meeting this month.

If the money is not raised by January 31, the treasure will probably be broken up and sold at auction to private collectors.

Some of the coins date back to the reign of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (871-899).

The hoard is on display in the museum’s England Gallery until January 31 but will become a permanent exhibit if the appeal is successful.

To make a dontaion, visit

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