Treasure trove ring is 1,000th museum item

Dot Boughton, Finds Liasion Officer at the British Museum, looking at the 1000th acquisition with the people who donated it, Mr and Mrs. Gunn

Dot Boughton, Finds Liasion Officer at the British Museum, looking at the 1000th acquisition with the people who donated it, Mr and Mrs. Gunn

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The 1,000th acquisition has been made by South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre - thanks to a pair of dedicated metal detector enthusiasts.

An inscribed silver ring, known as a posy ring which dates from around 1550, was donated by Dot Boughton, finds liaison officer at the British Museum, as part of the Leyland venue’s Archaeological Festival.

The piece was found by Iain Gunn and his wife Sheila at Mawdesley, and is the first treasure trove item the museum has ever received.

Mr and Mrs Gunn, who are members of Preston Metal Detecting Group, have been on the look out for historical artefacts since 2003. They previously made headlines after finding a 35mm silver dress closure in a farmer’s field in Croston.

As well as making the presentation, Dot - who was inviolved in the discovery of the Silverdale Hoard in 2011 - 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 1700BC.

She said: “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.”

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