The Galloway Viking hoard is back in Dumfries and Galloway for exhibition

Photo: John Lord/National Museum of Scotland

The Galloway Viking Hoard is returning to the region – seven years after it was first unearthed.

Kirkcudbright Galleries is to host an exhibition of the precious finds from 2021 until spring 2022.

Their much-anticipated arrival has been agreed between the council and the National Museums of Scotland (NMS).

The £2m treasure had been due to go on display in the galleries later this month but the show was delayed.

Communities committee chairperson Andy Ferguson is delighted the collection is coming back to the region.

“I have been lucky enough to have seen the Galloway hoard soon after its discovery and I know first-hand how beautiful it is.

Andy Ferguson

“I am very excited that in working in partnership with NMS, our council is able to bring the hoard to the people of Dumfries and Galloway in what will be an inspiring, free exhibition for all ages.”

The collection of Viking and early Christian gold and silver was discovered by a metal detectorist Derek McLennan on church land in Dumfries and Galloway in September 2014. in the Ken-Dee glen in September 2014.

The treasure also included a bronze Carolingian pot filled with silver Anglo-Saxon disc brooches, a gold ingot and Byzantium silk.

Read the full story on the Daily Record



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