Meet the Vikings 1,000 years on
The waterfront is going to be awash with Viking activity this week, as Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Museum of Liverpool host some exciting events to celebrate the Festival of British Archaeology.
With school now out for summer, there will be plenty to keep the kids entertained at National Museums Liverpool’s waterfront venues and Albert Dock Liverpool will see some very special visitors arriving at the weekend in a 32 foot Viking longboat
Jon Marrow, Senior Education Manager at Merseyside Maritime Museum said: “We have lots going on, exploring the history of Vikings in the local area. We have worked closely with Albert Dock Liverpool to give visitors a unique chance to take a closer look at a Viking ship, meet some ‘Vikings’ and find out about their ancient crafts.
“A group of Vikings from Wirral Viking Re-enactment Group will sail into the Dock, allowing people of all ages to get up close and experience what these people from over 1,000 years ago, were actually like.
Hands-on activities will take place at Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Museum of Liverpool from Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 July and there will be an opportunity for people to meet the Vikings moored up outside the Maritime Museum on Saturday and Sunday.
Peter Cronin, Business Development Manager at Albert Dock Liverpool said: “Albert Dock Liverpool has welcomed many vessels in its time from barges to tall ships but it’s very rare that it sees a Viking ship! We’re very excited to host the Vikings who will welcome visitors on board and demonstrate what life was like hundreds of years ago.”
Visitors to the Museum of Liverpool can also see some real Viking treasure in the History Detectives gallery. The Huxley Hoard is a collection of 22 pieces of silver discovered by a metal detectorist in a field in Huxley near Chester in 2004. Dating back to approximately 910AD, the Hoard is one of the star exhibits of the Museum of Liverpool, revealing information about Viking activity in the area.
The Viking people came from three countries of Scandinavia: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. They settled in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England around 800 AD to 1050 AD. Place names suggest that they established several of the settlements which still survive in Wirral, such as Meols and Thingwall.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Hands on with the Vikings
Thursday 26 & Friday 27 July
1 – 4pm
Find out just how active the Vikings were in Merseyside over 1,000 years ago in this interactive session. Free drop in event, no need to book. (All)
Meet the Vikings
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July
Intervals throughout the day
Meet the Vikings and their replica ship. It wasn’t all plunder and pillaging! Discover some of the crafts they practised at a Viking camp. Free drop in event, no need to book. (All)
Museum of Liverpool
Hands on activity: Dead Good Vikings
Thursday 26, Friday 27 & Saturday 28 July
11am, 12noon & 1pm
Get hands-on and learn about Viking burial customs in this fun (and gruesome!) workshop. Part of the Festival of British Archaeology.
Collect a free ticket from the information desk on the day. Suitable for all visitors, family-friendly for ages 8 – 14.
Touching the past
Thursday 26 July
1 – 3:30pm
A chance to meet our area’s Finds Liaison Officer and get hands-on with archaeological finds from the local area. Part of the Festival of British Archaeology. Free drop in event, no need to book. (All)
Talk: Archaeology at the Museum of Liverpool
Friday 27 July
Find out more about the archaeological collections in the Museum of Liverpool and learn about the archaeology of our local area. Part of the Festival of British Archaeology. Free drop in event, no need to book. (All)
Saturday 28 July
1:30 – 2:30pm
Find out more about the objects on display, get to handle real stuff and find out about what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum of Liverpool.
Collect a free ticket from the information desk on the day. Family-friendly for 8-14 year olds
Sunday 29 July
2 – 4:30pm
Drop-in craft workshop. Free drop in event, no need to book. (All)