Vikings 2007!

Press Release: 12/10/2007

A group of local Vikings will set up camp at the City Museum during half term – Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2007, 10.00 am. – 5.00pm. but don’t worry we are not expecting any trouble!

Members of the local branch of The Vikings Re-Enactment Society will be coming along to show us what life was like 1000 years ago.  Present will be Valgard a Viking warrier and Katya his lady.  During the fun interactive sessions you will also be able to handle replica objects from the period  - try on Viking helmet for size, hold a sword or battleaxe or grind flour with a quernstone; as well as finding out all about life in Viking Winchester.

Sher Kent, visitor services manager for Winchester Museums said: “In 860AD, the Vikings attacked and ransacked Winchester. Now they’re back! Although Valgard will be dressed for battle in chain mail, helmet, battleaxe and shield, we are not expecting any strife. This latest visit will be a much more enjoyable and fun experience for the whole family.”

In the Wintanceaster Gallery at the City Museum are spectacular discoveries from Anglo-Saxon and Viking times from the city.  Look out for the hogsback gravestone of Gunni the Viking.  Spot the Viking runestone and the Sigmund stone which shows a scene from the Viking saga of Sigmund and the wolf.  Fine jewellery and silver coins from the time are also on display, together with more everyday items like a child’s shoe, bone combs and gaming pieces.

Cllr. Patricia Stallard , portfolio holder for culture, heritage and sport said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to find out more about Viking times in Winchester.  Last year’s event was a great success with record numbers attracted to the City Museum in The Square, Winchester”.

Event times:
Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October 2007
10.00am – 5.00 pm each day.
No booking is required,
Free Admission