Uncovered by a metal-detectorist in Dumfries and Galloway, the Galloway Hoard brings together an outstanding range of silver, gold and jewelled treasure from across Britain, the Holy Roman and Byzantine Empires, and perhaps even further afield. Uniquely, textiles, leather and wooden fragments will provide an opportunity to research materials frequently used in the past, but which rarely survive.
The Galloway Hoard brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. Of international significance, it includes silver, gold and jewelled treasure from across Ireland, the Anglo-Saxon world, the Holy Roman Empire, Byzantium and beyond. Other finds from around Britain and Ireland have been exceptional for a single class of object, for example, silver brooches or a gold ingot. The Galloway Hoard brings together a stunning variety of objects in one discovery, hinting at hitherto unknown connections between people across Europe and perhaps much further afield. It also contains objects which have never before been discovered in a hoard of this age and some which are utterly unique.
Incredibly, textiles, leather and wooden fragments have also survived, providing an extremely rare opportunity to research and reveal many lost aspects of the Viking Age.
We have six months (from May 2017 to November 2017) to raise the funds required to save the Galloway Hoard for the nation.
We have to raise £1.98 million to save the Hoard, and in addition we need to raise additional funds to properly conserve, research and prepare the Galloway Hoard for display, so it can be enjoyed by visitors from Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.
National Museums Scotland wishes to acquire the Galloway Hoard since it is of considerable national and international significance. Acquisition by National Museums Scotland will save it for the nation for the long term and ensure that the Hoard is seen by the maximum number of people, from Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, the UK and internationally.
A selection of the Hoard's extraordinary treasures is on display, for a limited time at the National Museum of Scotland.
You can help save the Galloway Hoard, but we don’t have much time. Donate now to secure the Hoard and help us unlock its secrets.
Header image: Curator Martin Goldberg with a brooch from the Galloway Hoard.