Viking Invasion at the City Museum

Press Release: 21/10/2008

A Viking Warrior

A group of local Vikings will set up camp at the City Museum during half term, but Winchester City Council staff are not expecting any trouble. In fact, they are back by popular demand for their 4th annual ‘invasion’.

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. Sigurd, a Viking warrior, and Katya his lady will be bringing the past to life so that visitors can sample a taste of what life was like for the Vikings.

During the fun interactive sessions you will also be able to handle replica objects from the period - try on a Viking helmet for size; hold a sword or battle axe, or grind flour with a quern stone. You can also find out all about life in Anglo Saxon and Viking Winchester.

Sher Kent, museum services manager for Winchester Museums, said:

"In 860AD, the Vikings attacked and ransacked Winchester. Now they’re back! Although Sigurd will be dressed for battle in chain mail, helmet, battle axe and shield, we are not expecting any strife. This latest visit will be an 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 in the city. Look out for the hogsback gravestone of Gunni the Viking, or spot the Viking runestone. 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 the city. Last year’s event was a great success with large numbers of visitors attracted to the museum. With our Out of Egypt exhibition also running at The Discovery Centre, there is plenty of time travelling to be done this half term in Winchester with the help of the City Council’s museums service."

Event times:

Thursday 30th, Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November 2008

10.00am – 5.00 pm each day.

No booking is required

ADMISSION IS FREE