Hoards under the microscope in York


10 May 2022
The Silver Dale Hoard The Silver Dale Hoard
Hoards in the North will be the focus of this year’s Richard Hall Symposium, which takes place in York on Sunday 22 May ahead of the JORVIK Viking Festival.
Hoards under the microscope in York Images

The Symposium features lectures from a host of internationally-renowned experts on the subject of hoards that have been discovered across the North, including the Silverdale Hoard, which is currently on display in JORVIK Viking Centre. Speakers include: Allison Fox, Manx National Heritage;  Martin Goldberg, National Museums Scotland; Lucy Moore, University of York; John Sheehan, University College Cork; Gareth Williams, British Museum.

“Whether you are a Viking expert looking to hear about the latest research, or a history enthusiast who wants to know more, we’ll be looking at the many different aspects of hoards, from why and how they were concealed to what they tell us about the people that buried them,” commented Dr Chris Tuckley, head of interpretation and learning for JORVIK Viking Centre. “The symposium will consider in particular how questions of identity in the Viking world might be addressed with reference to hoards, and how recent discoveries have shifted our understanding.”

The Symposium takes place in the De Grey Court Lecture Theatre at York St John University from 9am to 5pm on Sunday 22 May, but for the first time, the 2022 event will be livestreamed out to guests from every corner of the globe. Event manager, Gareth Henry, explained, “Even in the depths of lockdown, we were able to host the Richard Hall Symposium and by moving the event online in 2021, we reached a wider audience than ever before, with people watching live from several different continents. Whilst we know that much of our local and regional audience will look forward to getting together and enjoying a discussion over lunch, we can still involve people who are unable to travel to York with the online livestream.”

Tickets for the in-person event are £30 for adults and £25 for concessions, which includes lunch and refreshments.  Tickets for the online event are £15.



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