Glittering Viking Treasure Comes to Harrogate’s Mercer Art Gallery 10 September 2011 – 15 January 2012
The discovery of the Vale of York Viking Hoard is one of the most exciting archaeological stories of recent times. It was found in January 2007 by David and Andrew Whelan in a field in the Vale of York, within the Harrogate District.
As part of a creative new relationship with the British Museum and York Museums Trust, the Vale of York Viking Hoard is coming on loan to the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, in the exhibition Hester Cox: Artist’s Impression, A Printmaker’s Response to the Vale of York Viking hoard.
The bulk of the hoard was packed inside a single silver-gilt cup. The finders did not unpack the cup and kept the find intact, which has allowed the maximum amount of information to be recovered about the story of the hoard. The coins in the hoard can be used to date its burial accurately to AD 927 or 928.
The Mercer Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sundays 2-5pm (Closes 4pm November – March). Admission is FREE.