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In 2014, something very special was found in Galloway, South West Scotland – a buried collection of treasure that had been hidden for over a thousand years.

New stories are being uncovered about the people who made, used and buried these objects and how they ended up in Scotland.

Find out more about the hoard, and the stories of the people connected to it by exploring the learning resources below.

What is the Galloway Hoard?

This short animation is designed to introduce children and families to the Galloway Hoard:

Galloway Hoard: Viking Age Treasure

See the new exhibition, Galloway Hoard: Viking Age Treasure, on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh from 29 May - 12 September 2021. Free with museum entry.

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Galloway Hoard themed week resources

For schools taking part in our Galloway Hoard themed week (610 September), we've created worksheets which provide more information and some fun activities about objects within the hoard.

You're welcome to use them with your school, group or family if you're visiting the exhibition or would like to find out more about the hoard yourself. 

Pre-session activity

This pre-session activity is aimed to help your class discuss relevant topics ahead of the online session.

 

An image showing the layout of the Galloway Hoard pre-session activity pdf for schools

 

Download the activity sheet (pdf)

 

Matching quiz

When your class watches the animation, they can take a quiz which asks them to match the characters who appear with some of the objects in the hoard. 

 

Download the quiz (pdf)

 

Drawing the Galloway Hoard worksheet

During the online session, your class will have discovered more about some of the objects which were found in the Galloway Hoard. 

Use the Drawing the Galloway Hoard worksheet with your pupils to recap on some of the objects.

An image showing the layout of the Galloway Hoard drawing sheet pdf for schools

 

Download the worksheet (pdf)

 

Draw a viking-age brooch

During the online session, your class will have discovered more about the brooch shown below. Use the Draw a viking-age brooch worksheet with your pupils.

Pupils can be creative about what they think the brooch depicting the sense of sight would look like. As well as drawing, pupils could also make a 3D version using recycled materials.

 

An image showing the layout of the Galloway Hoard draw a viking brooch pdf for schools

 

Download the worksheet (pdf)

 

A 21st century hoard

What would your class want people in the future to learn about our lives today? Use the A 21st Century hoard worksheet to help your class write and draw about the special objects they own.

 

An image showing the layout of the Galloway Hoard 21st Century Hoard pdf for schools

 

Download the worksheet (pdf)

 

Bird Pin Trail

Families can pick up our new trail to find the Bird Pin, from the Galloway Hoard, hiding amongst her feathered friends around the National Museum of Scotland.

Download the Bird Pin Trail (pdf)

The Galloway Hoard on tour

Thanks to support from the Scottish Government, the exhibition will go on tour to Kirkcudbright Galleries in October 2021 and Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery in summer 2022.

With your class, you could also explore

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