Ring brings up 1,000th capture for the museum

Dot Broughton identifies local finds.
Dot Broughton identifies local finds.

A silver ring has marked a marvellous milestone for a Leyland museum.

It was South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre’s 1,000th acquisition since its opening in 1978.

The inscribed ring, known as a posy ring, which dates from around 1550, was kindly donated by Dot Boughton.

Found by metal detectors Iain Gunn and his wife at Mawdesley, it is the first treasure trove item the museum has ever received.

The museum has just enjoyed its most successful Archaeology Festival ever.

Visitors attending the festival, which ran from July 7 to August 31, experienced a whole host of events, including illustrated talks and historic walks.

However, the stand out moment was the fascinating talk given by Dot, finds liaison officer at the British Museum.

She was heavily involved in the discovery of the Viking treasure find, the Silverdale Hoard, discovered in 2011.

Coins from the 1840 find are currently on display at the museum, on loan from the Harris Museum, Preston.

Not only did Dot present the museum with its 1000th acquisition, she also went on to identify a locally found small bronze axe.

The historic find was identified as being almost 4,000 years old, dating back to 1700 BC.

Dot said of the finds: “This is really exciting, it is what my job is really all about; saving our heritage for future generations and the people of South Ribble.”

Dr David Hunt, curator of South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, said: “We are a tiny volunteer run museum so this is quite the day for us.

“I don’t think our founders in 1978 could ever quite have envisaged this day coming along.

“It’s been a brilliant event and we hope to see many more successful events at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre in years to come.”