Galloway Hoard exhibition will tour Scotland from 2020 to 2022


19 December 2018
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The Scottish Government has today (19 December) announced funding to enable National Museums Scotland to tour an exhibition of the Galloway Hoard to museums around Scotland.

The Scottish Government has today (19 December) announced funding to enable National Museums Scotland to tour an exhibition of the Galloway Hoard to museums around Scotland.

An exhibition of the Galloway Hoard will be displayed at the National Museum of Scotland and will thereafter tour to

  • Kirkcudbright Galleries
  • The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery

The Scottish Government has provided £150,000 towards the tour and a national programme. This includes the conservation work currently being undertaken on the Hoard to enable it to tour, the sharing of digital assets, research outcomes and new educational resources related to the Viking-age material. 

Following the tour part of the Galloway Hoard will be on long-term display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh with a 'significant and representative portion' of the Hoard also displayed long-term at Kirkcudbright Galleries.

The history of the Galloway Hoard

The Galloway Hoard was discovered  in 2014 at a site on Church of Scotland land in Galloway.  Following its acquisition by National Museums Scotland in 2017 for the sum of £1.98 million, the Hoard is currently being conserved and researched at the National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh. 

The Hoard, which brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland, is of international significance. Buried at the beginning of the 10th century, it is made up of more than 100 gold, silver and other items, some of which are unique. 

A window on a significant period of history

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: The Galloway Hoard is one of the most important collections ever discovered in Scotland and I am pleased that this tour will allow for the hoard to be made available for the people of Scotland and our visitors in the years to come.

"The Galloway 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 closely with National Museums Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council and all partners involved to support the tour of the Hoard in 2020.

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

Galloway Hoard exhibition tour dates:

  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, May – November  2020
  • Kirkcudbright Galleries, Kirkcudbright, December 2020 – September 2021
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery, October 2021 – January 2022  
  • The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, February  – late August 2022

(image shows Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of National Museums Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop and Dr Martin Goldberg, Senior Curator of Archaeology - copyright Neil Hanna)

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