Vik­ing hoard tour is to visit area

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

The Gal­loway Vik­ing Hoard will go on dis­play in Kirkcud­bright in two years’ time.

Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land have an­nounced de­tails of a na­tional tour of the hoard, found on church land in the Ste­wartry in 2014, with it due to go on dis­play in Kirkcud­bright Gal­leries from De­cem­ber 2020.

The tour has been made pos­si­ble thanks to £150,000 of fund­ing from the Scot­tish Govern­ment which will also go to­wards con­ser­va­tion work.

Once the tour fin­ishes in 2022, a sig­nif­i­cant part of the find will go on per­ma­nent dis­play in Kirkcud­bright.

Cul­ture Sec­re­tary Fiona Hys­lop said: “The hoard opens a win­dow on a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod in the his­tory of Scot­land and shows the im­por­tant role that our ar­chae­o­log­i­cal her­itage plays in Scot­land’s cul­ture.

“The Scot­tish Govern­ment has been work­ing with Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land, Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil and all part­ners in­volved to sup­port the tour in 2020.

“I am de­lighted we are now able to pro­vide £150,000 to­wards this tour for the ben­e­fit of peo­ple across Scot­land.”

The coun­cil had made a bid to have the find al­lo­cated to it, but the Queen’s Lord and Trea­surer’s Re­mem­brancer al­lo­cated it to NMS, in Ed­in­burgh. They ac­quired it for £1.98 mil­lion and it is cur­rently be­ing con­served.

The tour will see the hoard go on dis­play first at the Na­tional Mu­seum in 2020 be­fore it comes to Kirkcud­bright in De­cem­ber, 2020, un­til Septem­ber, 2021, then mov­ing on to Aberdeen and Dundee.

The hoard fea­tures more than 100 items made of gold, sil­ver and other ma­te­ri­als.

His­tory Cu­ra­tor Martin Gold­berg with part of the find

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