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The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

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.

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The Galloway Hoard

The Galloway Hoard brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.

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Galloway Hoard appeal

You have helped us save the Galloway Hoard!

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See the Galloway Hoard

These unique and rare Viking-age objects lay hidden for a thousand years, but are now saved for the nation thanks to you!

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Spotlight On: The Galloway Hoard

Discover how archaeologists and conservators from National Museums Scotland are beginning to piece together the story if this unique archaeological find.

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The Galloway Hoard: Dr Martin Goldberg in conversation with Michael Hirst

Curator Dr Martin Goldberg joins Vikings writer and producer Michael Hirst to delve into the mysteries of the incredible Galloway Hoard.

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Member Preview Day: The Galloway Hoard

Exclusive Member Preview Day of our new exhibition 'The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure'.

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Silver dirhams from the Storr Rock Viking Hoard

A 10th-century hoard found on the Isle of Skye contained 19 dirhams, silver coins from the Islamic emirates of central Asia. These were not exotic curiosities collected by a Viking traveller, but evidence of trade routes connecting Scotland across vast distances at the turn of the first millennium.

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Norrie's Law hoard

This early medieval silver, unearthed in Fife during the 19th century, is one of the largest Pictish hoards ever to be found.

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Traprain Law treasure

Buried around the middle of the 5th century AD, this hoard of Roman silver from Traprain Law in East Lothian is the largest known from outside the Roman Empire.

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Scotland's Early Silver on film

Discover the story of Scotland’s early silver and how this precious metal helped to shape the first kingdoms of Scotland.

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Gold object of the week No. 15

The Whitefarland Hoard, Arran

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Gold object of the week No. 6

The Colaton Raleigh Hoard, Devon

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Gold object of the week No. 14

Late Bronze Age gold hoard from Cae Capel Eithin (Gaerwen), Anglesey, Wales

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Traprain law dish

New research and digital technology has allowed us to recreate a huge Roman dish from the Traprain Law hoard.

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The Glenmorangie Commission

In 2018, the internationally renowned metalsmith Simone ten Hompel was commissioned by National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new artwork inspired by our curatorial research and the Museum’s collection of metal artefacts from early medieval Scotland.

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The Lewis chess pieces

These medieval chess pieces from the Scottish island of Lewis are among our most popular collections. They give us fascinating insights into the international connections of western Scotland and the growing popularity of chess in medieval Europe.

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St Ninian's Isle treasure

Unearth a fascinating Pictish treasure trove.

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Member events and offers

Find out about upcoming talks, lectures, online events and experiences, and special offers for National Museums Scotland Members.

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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.

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Iron Age gold torcs

In September 2009, an amateur treasure hunter made an amazing discovery when he unearthed four gold neck ornaments (torcs) in a field near Stirling.

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Scotland's Early Silver

This touring exhibition explores the impact of silver during the first millennium AD.

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The Rise and Fall of Hamilton Palace

The destruction of Hamilton Palace, the grandest stately home in Britain, was one of the greatest losses to national heritage ever to happen in this country. This is the story of how Scotland’s biggest treasure trove was won and lost.

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Pocket watch from the shipwreck of the Swan

Salvaged from a shipwreck, this pocket watch has lain under water for over 300 years. But now a high-tech process has uncovered the hidden secrets of this rusty artefact.

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The mystery of the miniature coffins

Satanic spell, superstitious charm or echo of Edinburgh’s grisly underworld history? We examine the theories put forward to explain the strange tale of these tiny coffins.

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Gold object of the week No. 4

Ystradowen finger ingot

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Book your free tickets

The National Museum of Scotland is now open and tickets are available to book online.

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Dr Fraser Hunter

Fraser Hunter is Principal Curator of Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology.

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Gold object of the week No. 9

Late Bronze Age cup-ended ornament from Skye

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Gold object of the week No. 12

Late Bronze Age bracelets from Hillhead, Caithness

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Westness brooch-pin

A masterpiece of early medieval art, this silver brooch-pin decorated with gold, amber and glass was found buried within a Viking grave in Orkney.

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Collections Services department

The Collections Services department manages and cares for our collections.

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Dr Matthew Knight

Matthew is a Senior Curator of Prehistory responsible for the Scottish Chalcolithic and Bronze Age collections. He is also responsible for the Scottish archaeological human remains collections.

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Drinking horns

Metal mounts are nearly all that remain from Early Medieval drinking horns. We have worked with a contemporary horn-crafter and designer to recreate these iconic drinking vessels.

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Dr Qin Cao

Dr Qin Cao is Curator of the Chinese collections, including those of the Himalayan and Mongolian regions, and the Korean peninsula..

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Annual Review 2017

This has been an exceptional year for National Museums Scotland. Across our museums we have welcomed over 2.7 million visitors, 1.84 million of these to the National Museum of Scotland making it the most popular museum outside of London and the most visited attraction in Scotland.

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Glenmorangie Research Project

The Glenmorangie Research Project on Early Medieval Scotland began in 2008 and since then has uncovered exciting new insights on this important period of Scotland’s past.

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Items lent by National Museums Scotland

Objects from the National Museums Scotland collection can be found at museums throughout the UK and internationally.

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Dr Alice Blackwell

Alice is the Curator of Medieval Archaeology & History, with responsibility for the late medieval collections.

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Reflections on Celts

A spotlight tour from National Museums Scotland and the British Museum.

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Network members

The AHRC Gold Research Network brings together, for the first time, experts and early-career researchers from a number of disciplines and countries to share their knowledge and expertise about gold.

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Annual Review 2019

With the opening in February 2019 of three new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, we celebrated the completion of the transformation of our much-loved Victorian building.

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