Loan deal over Viking artefacts
Agreement for 25 years
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