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The Galloway Viking Hoard Campaign

The Galloway Viking Hoard is one of Scotland’s most dramatic archaeological discoveries and should be displayed in the region where it was found.

The GVH Campaign aims to make sure that happens. The Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel has met and made its final recommendation – but this has not been made public and has now been referred to David Harive, the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (see our About section for details of the process). 

A state-of-the-art exhibition space is planned for the new Kirkcudbright Art Gallery and it is there that this astonishing collection of gold and silver objects should have its home. However, National Museums Scotland, in Edinburgh, is bidding for sole ownership with no guarantee of how much of it, or how often, it would be in Dumfries and Galloway.

In Kirkcudbright the hoard would be a centrepiece – a truly major attraction. It would bring visitors from far and wide, giving them the chance to learn the story of one of Scotland’s most distinctive and beautiful regions.

This is Scotland’s designated Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology – we want to make it something to celebrate.

Why the Galloway Viking Hoard is so special

Galloway has a long, rich history linking it to many peoples and places – the hoard is a wonderful reflection of its past. Probably buried in the 9th or 10th centuries its treasures include:

  • A unique bird-shaped gold pin
  • Silver armbands and ingots from the Irish Sea region
  • A small decorated Christian cross
  • Anglo-Saxon disc brooches
  • A rare engraved silver Carolingian vessel
  • Byzantine silk from Constantinople
  • Gold and crystal wrapped in precious fabrics
  • Glass beads of the type found in Scandinavia and central Europe.

Many puzzles remain – who buried the hoard and why did they never return – but by having it as a world-class attraction in Kirkcudbright we can draw international attention to the region and its remarkable story.

What the Media Says

“One of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times in Scotland.”

British Archaeology

“The discovery of more than 100 pieces of gold and silver jewellery at an undisclosed site in a Dumfries and Galloway field three years ago has been hailed as one of the most significant Viking treasure troves ever discovered in Scotland.”

Sunday Times

“This is one of the largest Viking hoards found in Scotland for over 100 years, and the variety of material it contains is very exciting.” Stuart Campbell

Head of Scottish Treasure Trove, Quoted in Current Archaeology