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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West

MINISTERIAL support to bring the Galloway Viking Hoard back to the region is being sought by Finlay Carson MSP.

He has written to Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop urging her support to keep the treasure trove local.
In his letter, Mr Carson said: “This is of great importance to my constituency of Galloway & West Dumfries. Bringing the Hoard back to the area, on a long-term secure basis I believe, would bring a great amount of excitement, add to levels of tourism and media coverage further adding to both the economic and cultural prosperity of the region.”
The large Viking hoard was found by a metal detectorist in Galloway in September 2014 and is currently being held by the Crown awaiting allocation to a museum by the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel.
The two interested parties, National Museums Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council, have been working on a collaborative approach to the acquisition of the hoard.
The proposed arrangements would see them hold joint title over the hoard, enabling it to be displayed alternately at Kirkcudbright and the National Museum in Edinburgh.

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