DETAILS of how and when you can see the Herefordshire Hoard, a collection of 1,100-year-old Viking treasure, have been revealed.

Herefordshire Council said the hoard remain shrouded in mystery and nobody quite knows who buried it near Leominster around 1,100 years ago.

But, a selection of items from that Viking treasure, rediscovered in 2015, are at long last being put on display in the county in which they were found.

Now the wait is almost over.

How and when to see the Herefordshire Hoard

Items from the Viking treasure have been hauled up from the British Museum to be displayed at the Hereford Museum Resource and Learning Centre (MRLC).

Visit the museum between in Friars Street between 10.30am and 3.30pm on Saturday (May 28) to be among the first people in Herefordshire to see what all the fuss is about.

As well as the display of items from the hoard, visitors will discover much more about the treasure from hands-on activities and pop-up displays.

Viewing is also possible at the MRLC during the same hours on:

  • Monday, May 30
  • Tuesday, May 31
  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Saturday, June 25
  • Wednesday, July 6
  • Saturday, July 9

While the hoard remains at museum, the Herefordshire Hoard roadshow will start meandering around the county.


This series of events, held between 11am and 3pm, features Viking re-enactors and a trove of information on the precious treasure:

  • Saturday, May 21: Leintwardine Community Centre
  • Saturday, June 11: Burgage Hall, Ledbury
  • Saturday, June 18: Cawley Hall, Eye, Luston
  • Saturday, July 2: Leominster Community Centre
  • Sunday, July 17: Belmont Community Centre
  • Saturday, July 23: The Hub @ St Peter’s, Peterchurch
  • Saturday, July 30: Fownhope Memorial Hall

All the above events are free to enter and no appointment is needed.

What is the Herefordshire Hoard?

The Herefordshire Hoard is one of the most significant early medieval treasures ever discovered in Britain, Herefordshire Council said.

Its discovery was revealed through reports from the crown court in Worcester. In November 2019, four men were found guilty of concealing, stealing and selling the ‘Viking’ treasure they had recovered illicitly from a field in Eye, near Leominster in Herefordshire four years earlier.

The men were sentenced to a combined jail term of more than 23 years, ranging from 12 months to 10 years.

Herefordshire Hoard Viking treasure: Octagonal gold ring from the ninth century

Herefordshire Hoard Viking treasure: Octagonal gold ring from the ninth century

The small portion of the hoard recovered so far includes three gold ornaments, a silver ingot, and 29 silver coins.

But photos recovered by police during their investigations suggest that, when complete, the hoard had contained several more ingots and around 300 coins.

It is possible that the collection also contained other objects, but the quality of the recovered photos makes this uncertain.


The combination of intact ornaments, bullion, and a mixture of Anglo-Saxon, Frankish and Islamic coins suggests this was a Viking hoard deposited around 878.

At the time the hoard was buried in the late ninth century, Britain was divided into different kingdoms, including Wessex and Mercia.

Those kingdoms were individually fighting for survival against the Viking invaders. Coins from Mercia and Wessex, which form part of the Herefordshire Hoard, share some similar designs.

This suggests an alliance between Wessex and Mercia that was most likely formed to strengthen their battle against the Vikings.

Discover more about the Herefordshire Hoard

Other events taking place to help bring the hoard home to Herefordshire include a talk entitled Present Day Pillaging by Herefordshire Council’s archaeological projects manager, Tim Hoverd.

Herefordshire Council said he provides insights into the discovery of the hoard, including the investigations by Herefordshire Archaeology Service and West Midlands Police.

Appearing at the Hereford Museum Resource and Learning Centre at 10am on Thursday, June 9, he will reveal what has happened since those who discovered the hoard were sent to prison for not declaring their find and what may happen in future.

That event is followed by a presentation by Dr Gareth Williams, curator of early medieval coins and Viking collections, British Museum.

He will discuss the significance of the Herefordshire Hoard at the Kindle Centre in Hereford at 7pm on Wednesday, June 22.

Author of several books on Anglo-Saxon and Viking topics, Dr Williams is currently working on one on Anglo-Saxon hoards and another on Viking warfare and military organisation.

He is an advisor for the new Museum of the Viking Age due to open in Oslo in 2026.

On Thursday, July 21, Peter Reavill, from Herefordshire Archaeology, delivers Treasure Tales and Hidden Hoards at Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre.


In this illustrated lecture, Mr Reavill, one of the principle archaeological investigators on the Herefordshire Hoard, explores the crime and explains why treasure is so important to our county’s story.

Refreshments are available at each talk, which last about an hour before the speakers take questions from the audience.

Excitement as hoard returns to where it belongs

Councillor Gemma Davies, cabinet member for commissioning, procurement and assets, said she is "so excited" that items from the hoard are actually here where they belong in Herefordshire.

"I’m sure other residents feel the same way," she said.

"The Viking treasure is made up of some exquisite pieces whose craftsmanship defies belief when you consider when they were made and the very basic tools they were made with.

"But it’s not simply their beauty or their rarity that makes the hoard so special. It’s also the fact that some of the coins actually change our understanding of history. All that richness is packed into tiny precious items we now have the privilege to see on display in Herefordshire. I can’t wait to go along.”