Viking hoard tour is to visit area
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