A BBC News article on the centennial of the Isle of Man's first national museum includes a discussion of an exhibit of the Ballaqualye hoard, the largest single collection found on the island.
The discovery of Viking silver during building works in Douglas in 1894, part of which ended up being dumped at a tip, fuelled the frustration of one man in particular, Victorian scholar Philip Moore Callow Kermode.
Unbeknownst to those who found it, the Ballaquayle hoard was the largest single collection of Viking silver ever found on the Isle of Man.
PMC Kermode, who led the antiquarians, was shown one of the coins and identified it as potential treasure trove, leading to a call from the chief constable for it to be recovered and handed in.
The hoard was confirmed as Viking silver by the British Museum in London but was retained by the institution for safekeeping, as the island did not yet have its own museum.
To read the complete article, see:
Museum reflects on 100 years of Manx history
Wayne Homren, Editor
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