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The Galloway Hoard Week with National Museums Scotland

From 14-18 June, take part in our focused week of free Galloway Hoard activities for P3-5 pupils who are learning in school or at home.

The Galloway Hoard was discovered in Scotland in 2014 and is considered to be one of the richest collections of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever to be found in Britain and Ireland.The Hoard was buried around AD 900 and contains over 100 objects.

Suitable for Primary 3-5 classes, our activities will be accessible throughout the week, so your class can link in at a time that suits them. For classes studying the Vikings, this is an exciting opportunity to find out about some of the new discoveries archaeologists are making through cutting-edge research. 

By booking you’ll gain access to:  

  • A 25 minute interactive film by our Learning Enabler team on The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure enabling pupils to discover more about some of these rare and precious objects. Find out more about how the objects have been restored and what they are helping us to discover about life in the Viking Age. This is hosted on Vimeo and subtitles will be available. 
  • A Galloway Hoard related activity for each day of the week, Monday-Friday, which you can continue to use afterwards. These activities will be shared as PDF files and web links.
  • The opportunity to follow along live each day with our Twitter account @NMSEngage where we’ll share more resources and engage with your class tweets. 

During the week we’d love to see what your class has been doing! We’ll be asking classes to share their Galloway Hoard themed work with us by email or Twitter. 

After the exhibition ends at the National Museum of Scotland in September it will tour on to Kirkcudbright Galleries in October and on to Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery next summer, thanks to support from the Scottish Government. 

About the week


The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure  

Suitable for

Primary 3–5

Dates of the week

Mon 14–Fri 18 June 2021 

Dates you'll receive information

We'll share the film and all activities with you on Monday 7 June to allow you to plan ahead for the following week.


Taking part is free of charge and is available to UK-based schools only.

By the end of the week, we will

know about the importance of the Galloway Hoard and some of the individual objects that were discovered.   


In 2014 an extraordinary hoard of over 100 objects was discovered in Galloway, Scotland. In this pre-recorded session your class will have the opportunity to find out more about some of the unique objects that were discovered. They will also be able to think about who they might have belonged to and why they were buried. During the session, there will be a number of simple activities that you can do with your class. 

Curriculum links

By exploring places, investigating artefacts and locating them in time, I have developed an awareness of the ways we remember and preserve Scotland’s history. SOC 1-02a 

I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting. SOC 1-04a  

I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society. SOC 2-03a  

I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences. SOC 2-04a  


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