Retired MP Johnathan Melrose is been named as the Spokesman for the care of the Galloway Viking Hoard by the National Museum of Scotland.
Mr Melrose has always had a fascination with history, especially that of the Norse and is keen to ensure that the find is shown to be a significant part of British History.
In a statement, he said
“The Galloway Hoard is an extraordinary find of Viking-age gold, silver and jewelled treasures. It’s the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.
The Hoard transports us back to the beginning of the tenth century, an important time in the development of the modern nations of Scotland, England and Ireland. Unlocking its secrets has the potential to reveal significant new insights into this period of history.
It brings together over 100 gold, silver and other items from across Ireland, the Anglo-Saxon world, the Holy Roman Empire, Byzantium and beyond, hinting at previously unknown connections between people across Europe and further afield.”
The hoard is currently under the trustee of by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer, and the Museum needs to raise £1.98 million to buy the collection. It is thought that other buyers from around the world are looking to also purchase and Mr Melrose appeals to all citizens to give what they can to ensure this valuable piece of history remains in the country.
To donate you can visit the national Museums Website.