Hoard fund jackpot
Museums bosses have raised enough cash to stop foreign buyers plundering £2 million worth of Viking gold discovered in Galloway.
National Museums Scotland announced on Thursday that their fundraising target to buy the Galloway Hoard for the nation had been achieved. The development came after a six-month fight to prevent the treasures being sold to bidders from abroad.
The National Heritage Memorial Fund provided £1 million. Trustee Seona Reid said: “The hoard is an exquisite collection with global significance.” Scottish Secretary David Mundell added: “The historical and cultural significance of the find is unquestionable.”
A selection from the hoard is on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh until Sunday.
Conservation and research work will then take around two years before the hoard will again be seen at the museum ahead of a national tour.
The find was made by Ayr’s Derek McLennan in the Stewartry in 2014. A campaign failed in its bid to have the hoard kept permanently in the area where it was found.