Following an international appeal to raise the £1.98 million needed to secure the Galloway Hoard for the National Museums Scotland (NMS) on behalf of the nation, the target has been reached with two weeks to spare before the deadline.
Along with financial support from the Scottish government and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, donations were made by around 1,500 members of the public, including a number of our members!
As part of our commitment to supporting and recognising important archaeological work in Scotland, Glasgow Archaeological Society is pleased to have been able donate £250 to the cause earlier this month as well.
Described as "one of the most important collections ever discovered in Scotland" by Fiona Hyslop MSP, secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, the unique hoard is comprised of over 100 pieces which includes silver armbands, crosses, brooches, and possibly the largest silver Carolingian pot ever found.
NMS's success in reaching its fundraising goal means the hoard, which is on display in Edinburgh until October 29, will now be able stay in its care permanently. Items from the hoard will be undergoing extensive restoration and preservation work over the course of the next two years to ensure their integrity for the future.
After an unsuccessful bid by Dumfries and Galloway Council to keep the hoard locally in Kirkcudbright, NMS has said that it will put part of the collection on display in the town at some point in the future. A pledge has been made to lend the complete collection out on occasion as well.
Excavating the Galloway Viking Hoard
Would you like to hear more about the Galloway Viking Hoard from the archaeologist who oversaw its excavation and recovery in 2014?
Glasgow Archaeological Society will be hosting Dumfries and Galloway's county archaeologist Andrew Nicolson as part of our annual lecture programme on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Andrew Nicolson's lecture, titled Excavating the Galloway Viking Hoard, will give our audience the opportunity to hear more about the unprecented find and how it came to be excavated.
The lecture begins at 7.30pm in the Boyd Orr Buidling, University of Glasgow. All of our lectures are free to attend and are open to members and non-members alike. For more details or any other enquiries regarding our lecture programme, please contact our Lecture Secretary.
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