The Galloway Hoard

In this episode, Ben explores the story of one of the most significant discoveries of rare Viking-age objects ever found in Britain. The Galloway Hoard lay undisturbed for a thousand years before being unearthed by a metal detectorist in 2014. Ben learns more about this exceptional find from experts Martin Goldberg and Clare Downham, hears about the unique landscape in which the hoard was discovered from broadcaster and Galloway native Kirsty Wark, and gets an insight into the skilled craftsmanship involved in making many of the intricate metalwork pieces in the collection from Scottish jewellery designer Kathryn King.

The Galloway Hoard is part of the collection at National Museums Scotland and was acquired with the support of Art Fund. You can see an image at

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