Loan deal over Vik­ing arte­facts

Agree­ment for 25 years

The Galloway News - - NEWS - Stu­art Gille­spie

The coun­cil will be loaned a “sig­nif­i­cant and rep­re­sen­ta­tive pro­por­tion” of the Gal­loway Vik­ing Hoard for at least 25 years.

Of­fi­cers have been in dis­cus­sion with staff from Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land, which was al­lo­cated the find ear­lier this year, over plans for dis­play of the valu­able items.

And the coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee will be told next week that while NMS is will­ing to loan a large por­tion of the hoard – to go on dis­play in Kirkcud­bright’s new art gallery – for at least 25 years, of­fi­cers are work­ing on the ba­sis the loan “would be more or less in­def­i­nite”.

The re­port also re­veals that the ini­tial dis­play of the hoard would be in Ed­in­burgh, after which there would be a tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of the main items.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials say they want a “sig­nif­i­cant dis­play” in Kirkcud­bright be­fore the ex­hi­bi­tion goes on tour. The coun­cil would have to pay for trans­porta­tion of the items not part of the tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

There is also the po­ten­tial for other items from NMS be­ing loaned to the coun­cil.

A sum­mit set up by Cul­ture Sec­re­tary Fiona Hys­lop in­volv­ing of­fi­cials from the coun­cil and NMS is due in the autumn.

Mean­while, NMS’ fundrais­ing ap­peal to raise the £2 mil­lion needed to ob­tain the hoard has been handed a ma­jor boost.

They have been given £400,000 from Art Fund, mean­ing their ap­peal has reached half way.

NMS di­rec­tor Dr Gor­don Rin­toul, said: “We have been de­lighted by the re­sponse to this op­por­tu­nity to se­cure this unique hoard of Vikingage trea­sure.

“We are grate­ful to Art Fund for their gen­er­ous sup­port. We have re­ceived nu­mer­ous pledges and do­na­tions from trusts and in­di­vid­u­als. How­ever, we still have some way to go to meet our tar­get of just un­der £2 mil­lion.

“With just two months left to raise the nec­es­sary funds we are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to help us se­cure this ex­cep­tional trea­sure and en­able as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to en­joy it now and in the fu­ture.” An is­land where the light­house was at the cen­tre of a grisly mur­der has been sold.

Little Ross, in Kirkcud­bright Bay, at­tracted a lot of in­ter­est from home and abroad after it went on the mar­ket about two months ago.

A dozen of­fers were made for the 29-acre isle and it is un­der­stood to have fetched sig­nif­i­cantly more than the ask­ing price of £325,000.

Al­most 60 years ago, a fa­ther and son on a day trip dis­cov­ered the body of re­lief light­house keeper Hugh Clark, from Dalry, in a bed­room on Little Ross.

As­sis­tant keeper Robert Dick­son went on trial for mur­der at the High Court in 1960.He was found guilty and sen­tenced to be hanged but re­prieved five days be­fore the sen­tence was due to be car­ried out. Two years later he took his own life in prison.

David Cor­rie, of sell­ers Gal­braith Cas­tle Dou­glas, said: “Fol­low­ing UK-wide and in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est, a dozen of­fers were re­ceived at the clos­ing date with an of­fer agreed in ex­cess of the ask­ing price.”

Study An ex­pert with one of the items from hoard

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