Thanks to your help the Galloway Hoard has been saved for the nation. The Hoard will be protected now and into the future, and its secrets can finally be unlocked. This would not have been possible without the donations of hundreds of people and organisations. Thank you for saving the Galloway Hoard.
Any further donations made in support of the Galloway Hoard campaign will be used for its conservation, research and display.
The Galloway Hoard is the richest Viking-age collection discovered anywhere in Britain, and its incredible variety vividly illustrates a time of voyaging and trade in distant lands. With your support, the precious items in the Hoard – some of which have never before been found in Britain – can speak to us across the centuries and teach us things we’ve never imagined about our ancestors, history and heritage.
You can see a selection of items from the Hoard in the slideshow below:
The Hoard was discovered by a metal detectorist in 2014. The importance of this discovery was obvious from the start. The first objects found were valuable silver ingots, prized Viking-age arm-rings, and a silver pendant Christian cross, depicting the Four Evangelists.
Even more remarkable was that beneath this top layer, and under a layer of gravel, were buried yet more rare and cherished treasures: brooches, beads, a delicately crafted gold pin in the shape of a bird, and a small jar cut from rock crystal that probably originated far away from Scotland, perhaps in the Middle East. Some of the silver arm-rings have writing on them which signifies four named individuals. Who they were is a secret locked inside the collection, one of the many secrets it holds.
Each story of each object has come together in the Hoard, and then lain buried, locked for more than a thousand years. We want to bring those stories back to life and make sure anyone and everyone who wants to can find them here in the national collection.
In December 2018 the Scottish Government announced funding to enable National Museums Scotland to tour an exhibition of the Galloway Hoard to museums across Scotland.
An exhibition of the Galloway Hoard will be displayed at the National Museum of Scotland and will thereafter tour to Kirkcudbright Galleries, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery.
The Scottish Government has provided £150,000 towards the tour and a national programme. This includes the conservation work currently being undertaken on the Hoard to enable it to tour, the sharing of digital assets, research outcomes and new educational resources related to the Viking-age material.
Following the tour part of the Galloway Hoard will be on long-term display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh with a significant and representative portion of the Hoard also displayed long-term at Kirkcudbright Galleries.