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Viking Activity Days: Belief and Funerary Practice

Saturday 17 February, 11am-4pm
Across Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham Museum, Angear Visitor Centre and Performing Arts Studio
Free, just drop in

Join Einar and Thorkatla of Blueaxe Reproductions to learn about different aspects of Viking life. Take part in a wide variety of activities including handicrafts, reading and inscribing Viking runes, games and tell your own saga. Handling sessions will also give you the opportunity to handle replica Viking artefacts like those on display in our exhibitions. See what the artefacts would have looked like when new and then find them in the exhibitions to see what they look like after 1,000 years buried in the ground.

See Viking Age handicrafts, handle replicas of Viking Age artefacts and ask our experts all about the Vikings. In our activity session focussing on Viking Age beliefs and funerary practice, think about Viking Age beliefs and what objects would have been buried with a Viking man, woman or child, and why. You could even plan out your own Viking funeral.


Viking Burial Activity – Angear Visitor Centre. Drop-in 11am-4pm. Visitors will be able to see and participate in a demonstration of what went into a pagan Viking grave and why. They will then be invited to think about the types of objects they might choose to be buried with in the modern day. The activity is suitable for all ages but parental discretion should be advised as discussions around death and mortality will be taking place.

Replica Handling – Angear Visitor Centre. Drop-in 11am-4pm. Visitors will be able to handle replicas of some of the items on display in the Exhibition. This will be closely linked with the burial activity as some of the objects will be used in the demonstrations. Suitable for all ages.

Handicrafts (Spinning) - Angear Visitor Centre. 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm. Maximum 6 participants per session, on a first-come, first-served basis. Suitable for ages 6+.

Children’s Craft Activity – University of Nottingham Museum. Make a Viking mask and / or brooch. Drop-in 11am-4pm. Suitable for families.

Artefact Handling – Museum. Drop-in 1pm-3pm. Visitors will be able to handle real Viking artefacts. Suitable for all ages.

Organised and supported by Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands in collaboration with the University of Nottingham Museum. Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Nottingham’s The Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.

Image credit: Reproductions, Adam Parsons; Photography, Jo Rutherford Photography