Vikings may have arrived with force, but they also knew how to turn the materials they had around them into stunning items of cultural significance. They made ordinary items to serve their everyday needs but decorated them with designs which reveal the true spirit of the Viking Age.
From 18 November Fearsome Craftsmen at North Lincolnshire Museum, a touring exhibition from The JORVIK Group of Attractions, operators of the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre, allows visitors to discover how over 1,000 years ago these people turned simple materials into complex objects.
Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – urban said: “It is fantastic to see such a historical era be brought to life in an exhibition here in North Lincolnshire.
“The Vikings are an interesting and eye-opening part of our history that our residents will have the opportunity to experience and explore first hand.
“The variety of archaeological finds available will transport people of all ages back in time to more than 1,000 years ago when the Vikings settled and adapted to life of the Danelaw.”
Explore how Vikings made their everyday necessities from antler, bone, horn, wood and leather.
Experience Viking-age life with our replica house, complete with cooking equipment and loom.
Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions at York Archaeology said: “Most people have an expectation that all Vikings were feisty warriors, but with this exhibition, we are hoping to help change that narrative.
“There were so many skilled craftsmen in the Viking Age and visitors can learn about the everyday life that these people lived through our range of artefacts and replicas.”
There are multiple ways to get hands-on at Fearsome Craftsmen with our unique children’s area allowing little ones to experience lots of activities including a replica forge.
Fearsome Craftsmen opens on 18 November 2023 and runs until 5 May 2024, with free admission.
Discover more on the North Lincolnshire Museum website.
The above image is from The Yorvic Group – Exhibition of Fearsome Craftsmen at Perth Museum and Art Gallery and was taken by photographer Fraser Band.