Local MSP Finlay Carson has expressed his disappointment over the decision to award the Galloway Viking Hoard to National Museums Scotland.
The decision taken by the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR) - the Crown’s representative in Scotland who deals with ownerless property – was to award the entire Hoard to National Museums Scotland. There had been two original bids for the Hoard from Dumfries & Galloway Council, and National Museums Scotland.
In a letter to Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, Carson stressed the importance of ensuring that significant parts of the Hoard are displayed in Kirkcudbright’s new art gallery on a long-term secure basis.
The Viking Hoard was discovered in September 2014 by a metal detectorist. A local group campaigning for the Hoard to return to Galloway has gathered a petition of over 2,000 signatures.
Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP, Finlay Carson said:
“I am deeply disappointed by the decision taken to award the Galloway Viking Hoard to the National Museums Scotland. This must not mean that the Hoard is lost to Edinburgh. We must see a large portion of the Hoard returned to Galloway.
“Bringing the hoard back to the area, on a long term secure basis would bring a great amount of excitement, add to tourism levels and bring a great boost to the economic and cultural prosperity of the region.
“I have written to Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop encouraging her to use her influence to secure the best result for the people of Galloway and West Dumfries. In Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, I am confident that she will do the right thing.
“The economic benefit this would bring to the tourism industry of Dumfries and Galloway and the boost it would give to the long term sustainability of the new Art Gallery in Kirkcudbright is unquestionably important.”