Are you after something exciting, cool and educational to do on a day out in London? If the answer to these questions is Yes then get yourself down to the British Museum to see a fabulous new exhibition “The Vikings are Coming”.
It’s been over 30 years since the British Museum held an exhibition to match the current one which will run from 6th March until June 2014 in The Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery purpose built for such prestigious temporary exhibitions. The Viking era from 800-1050 was a period of rapid change around Europe and the Vikings of Scandinavia spreading out to inhabit four different continents from the Mediterranean to the Arctic from the North Sea to the Caspian Sea. On this immense journey they spread their unique culture through raiding and trading their way across the open seas.
The focuses of the Exhibition are the surviving timbers from a 37 metre-long Viking Longboat dated from AD 1025 along with never before seen Viking artefacts with swords, coins, jewellery axes and much more. Many of the new artefacts have recently been discovered by keen amateur metal- detectorists and archaeologists and these finds further help to explain the mystery behind the Viking warrior society. The Vale of York Hoard is also on display with 6 arm rings, 617 coins and a quantity of hack-silver and bullion. The hoard contains items from far and wide including Russia, Afghanistan, Ireland and Scandinavia and represents three religions of the time Christianity, Islam and the worship of Thor.
The exhibition is supported by BP, and the National Museum of Denmark and the National Museums of Berlin.