Late on a September day in 2014, a metal detectorist working in Dumfries and Galloway uncovered the first layers of one of the country’s most astounding finds, now known as The Galloway Hoard.
As a local archaeologist began to release more of the items from the earth it was clear that it was a stunning and unique collection of Viking and Early Christian gold and silver, but the real extent of the treasure was not revealed until an x-ray showed the content of the Carolingian pot and beautiful beads and brooches appeared on screen.
Over the last two years, the experts at National Museums of Scotland have been painstakingly cleaning and conserving much of this hoard, and many of the 100+ items are now ready to be presented to the public in a specially designed exhibition.
The exhibition will be shown in Kirkcudbright Galleries from October 2021 until July 2022.
Andy Ferguson, Chair of the Communities Committee said today:
“I have been lucky enough to have seen the Galloway Hoard soon after its discovery and I know first-hand how beautiful it is. I am very excited that in working in partnership with NMS, our Council is able to bring the Hoard to the people of Dumfries and Galloway in what will be an inspiring, free exhibition for all ages.”
“This exhibition will be one of the key projects in the economic recovery of our region in 2021.” said John Martin, Vice-Chair of the Communities Committee, “The Council intends to use it as one of the focal points to support the region, encouraging engagement from locals and visitors and giving a much needed boost to hard-hit local businesses.”