At Easter 2011 a metal detectorist discovered an amazing treasure under a rock in Furness, Cumbria. The 92 silver coins and artifacts – among them ingots and one near-complete silver bracelet – have been examined by the British Museum. 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 England.
Barrow Dock Museum raised £49,500 in just six months to buy the Hoard, but needed an additional £10,000 or so to build a Viking gallery in order to display it.
On Saturday 28th July 2012 a team from Herlið, the local Viking re-enactment group, lead by the intrepid Bjarni Thorvaldrson, managed to row approximately seven miles around Derwent Water in Borrowdale, Cumbria.
They rowed “The Gift of the Gael”, a replica Birlinn-style Viking longboat owned by John Platt of Plattyplus, a boating company based at the Lodore Boat Landings near Keswick. During the voyage they stoped at several landings around the lake, with a longer stop at the Keswick Boat Landings, where they pillaged the crowds and entertained them with a combat display on a nearby field kindly loaned for the occasion by the National Trust.
The new gallery at the Dock Museum was officially opened on Saturday 9th Feb. 2013 by Bjarni from SV Educational Services and the warriors from Herlid Vikings.
We managed to raise a grand total of £1170. Well done everyone involved, and many thanks to the people who generously donated to the appeal.