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By Fiona Reid
Nostalgia
Countdown to the hoard’s arrival

A SERIES of mini pop up events are taking place in the region ahead of the arrival of the Galloway Hoard exhibition.

The treasures are due to return to Dumfries and Galloway in October.

It is the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. Buried around AD900, the Galloway Hoard brings together an amazing variety of materials and treasures from Ireland, the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and as far away as Asia. And from October 2021 until March 2022, some of the precious items will be on display at Kirkcudbright Galleries.

In advance of the exhibition, a series events will travel round a selection of Galloway venues. Each location will see an informal public event held, including the council’s archaeologist, exploring the story behind the discovery of the hoard itself and the Galloway it was buried in.

They will be at Dalry Town Hall on Wednesday evening, 7.30 pm, then at the Castle Douglas Community Centre on October 5, 7.30 pm.

Helen Keron, from co-organisers the Galloway Glens, said: “As we all look forward to the arrival of the Galloway Hoard in Kirkcudbright Galleries this October, it’s been so interesting to find out a bit more about the discovery of this amazing Hoard and the evolving place that Galloway was when it was buried.

“We’re delighted to have Andrew Nicholson, the regional archaeologist, along for these events – he gives a real insight into the excitement and significance of the find, so its always a pleasure to have chance to chat it over with him. Come along if you can.”

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