Exhibition National Museum of Scotland

The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

19 Feb - 9 May 2021

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3

Free with pre-booked museum entry

The Galloway Hoard brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. It is of international significance and will transform our understanding of this period of Scottish history.

Nothing like this has ever been found in Scotland.
- Dr Martin Goldberg, Principal Curator of Medieval Archaeology and History

Bringing together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland, the internationally significant Galloway Hoard is transforming our understanding of Scotland’s connections with the wider world during this period.

The Hoard was buried around AD 900 and contains over 100 diverse objects, from silver, gold and jewelled treasures to rarely surviving textiles, including wool, linen and Scotland’s earliest examples of silk.

Discovered by a metal detectorist in Dumfries and Galloway in 2014, the Hoard was allocated to National Museums Scotland in 2017, when a selection of items went on display as part of a fundraising campaign to save it for the nation. With generous public support, an intensive programme of conservation and research is now underway, uncovering the secrets of the Hoard for the very first time.

In this free exhibition, see recently cleaned and conserved objects from the Hoard, revealing intricate decoration not seen since the objects’ burial more than 1,000 years ago. Then delve deeper and examine hidden details found in X-rays, CT scans and 3D models. Discover what innovative research and analysis have already revealed about the Hoard, and explore what future work might yet uncover about this unparalleled Viking-age find.

Brooches found with the Galloway Hoard

Above: Anglo-Saxon disc brooches.

Silver found with the Galloway Hoard

Above: Hinged mounts with Anglo-Saxon Trewhiddle-style decoration.

Brooch found with the Galloway Hoard

Above: A new type of Anglo-Saxon quatrefoil brooch.

Gold bird pin found with the Galloway Hoard

Above: This gold bird pin is unique.

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Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

 

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We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 

 

  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

 

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