Hoard fund jack­pot

The Galloway News - - NEWS - An­drew McNair

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.

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