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Viking silver to go on display

Silverdale Hoard Credit: The British Museum

A major collection of Viking silver that was buried for over a thousand years is to go on display at Lancaster City Museum. Known as the Silverdale Hoard, the collection is made up of more than 200 items believed to date from around 900 AD.

The pieces include beautifully crafted jewellery and coins from Britain, Europe and Arabia. Also included are 141 fragments of arm-rings and ingots which had been chopped into smaller pieces. These are known as hacksilver, which the Vikings used as money.

The hoard had been buried in a lead pouch under a field in Silverdale, where it was discovered by a local metal detectorist in September 2011. The following December it was declared Treasure in line with the Treasure Act 1996.

It was later valued at nearly £110,000.

The hoard has been acquired by Lancashire County Council's museums service thanks to a grant of £45,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund,.

The exhibition, called 'The Silverdale Hoard – the story so far', runs from Friday October 25 until Saturday December 21.

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Viking ship makes a splash

It's the moment of truth for our intrepid adventurers keen to follow in the steps of the Vikings.

They're planning to row the world's biggest ever replica Viking ship on the Mersey next year.

And last night we left them getting to grips with oars for the first time.

Many of the volunteers have never rowed before so taking to the water could be a tough call.

In the last of his reports from Norway, our correspondent Andy Bonner joins the happy crew as they finally get chance to put their training into practice.

The world's biggest replica Viking ship

Andy Bonner reports from Norway - where they have built the biggest replica Viking ship in the world.

It's hoped the Dragon Harald Fairhair will visit retrace the routes of the Scandanavian raiders next year, which could mean a visit to the River Mersey

So, for the last 12 months, a group of enthusiasts have been training in rowing boats to help bring Dragon Fairhair into port.

Andy travelled with them as they finally had the chance to board the real thing.

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