The famous St Ninian’s Isle Treasure was found by schoolboy Douglas Coutts in 1958.
It was discovered buried under a slab marked with a cross during University of Aberdeen excavations of a medieval church that once existed on St Ninian’s Isle.
The 28-piece hoard – including bowls, a spoon, decorative pieces from swords and 12 brooches – is believed to be the best example of surviving silver metalwork made during the second half of the eighth century.
However, they are stored at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland – with only replicas on show at the Shetland Museum.
A petition has now been launched in a bid to bring the original pieces back home to the northern isles permanently.
Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael said: “It would be front and centre of the museum’s exhibition here whereas in Edinburgh it will always be just another exhibit.”
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