On a cold December afternoon in 2014, in a field less than a mile from the border of Buckingham, a metal detectorist, Paul Coleman, discovered a double coin hoard of international significance.
Comprising 5251 silver coins, minted during the reigns of the Saxon King Aethelred the Unready, and the Emperor CNUT, the hoards had been carefully concealed in a lead casket and buried.
The hoard is a vital evidence of Buckingham's Dark Age past and will be the showcase of the 'Silver and Slaughter' exhibition.
Come and see this terrific discovery and learn about Buckingham's Saxon 'moneyer' - the man who hand made a number of these precious coins in the Royal Buckingham Mint.
FLORA THOMPSON, the writer of the semi-autobiographical trilogy, 'Lark Rise to Candleford' is commemorated in the Buckingham Old Gaol. An evocative tale of life as a child growing up in the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire countryside in the late nineteenth century, 'Lark Rise to Candleford' is but one work of this celebrated author and poet.
The exhibition, which the Museum Development Service called, 'of national importance', opened in 2007 to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the writer's death. It is the only permanent, viewable exhibition about Flora Thompson in the world, and comprises photographs, pamphlets, early and first edition books, letters written by Flora, plus some personal items.