In Easter 2011 a locally-based metal detectorist made a very unexpected find: Viking treasure.
It is the first time that a significant amount of valuable Viking booty has been recovered from the Furness soil that indisputably links the area with the Norse mariners, and local history stands to be re-written as a result.
The hoard is on display for one month only.
The 92 silver coins and artefacts – among them ingots and one near-complete silver bracelet – have been examined by the
. It is thought that the silver was put into the ground sometime around 955 AD when the Viking invaders had established footholds in the north of British Museum . England