Vikings

Prepare for a Viking invasion this winter with two unique exhibitions exploring Britain's Viking past.

The Djanogly Gallery hosted a major touring exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust from 25 November 2017 to 4 March 2018. Viking: Rediscover the Legend presented new discoveries and current interpretations to help us understand what it meant to be a Viking.

Complementing this in the Weston Gallery from Friday 15 December, Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands examines Viking influences on Nottinghamshire and the wider region.

An exciting programme of workshops, talks and other events supplements both exhibitions - allowing you to delve deeper into the world of the Vikings and uncover the legacy of the Vikings on our doorstep.

Both exhibitions and connected events have been programmed in collaboration by the University of Nottingham Museum, Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham, and the Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands project, led by the University of Nottingham's Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.

Catch up on Viking talks programme on our dedicated webpage.
 

 

  • VIKING: REDISCOVER THE LEGEND Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition
    Sat 25 Nov – Sun 4 Mar
    A major touring exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust presenting new discoveries and current interpretations to help us understand what it meant to be a Viking. Today, the Viking legacy is still evident in our language, the names of towns and even in our DNA.
  • DANELAW SAGA Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands
    Fri 15 Dec – Sun 8 Apr
    This exhibition tells the tale of how Vikings shaped the East Midlands, through local stories of Viking culture, artefacts, maps and medieval documents from Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham and from regional museums.
  • Exhibition TALKS Exhibition talks
    Wed 6 Dec – Wed 28 Feb
    We have a huge programme of FREE talks to support both of our Viking exhibitions and allow you to delve deeper into the life of the Vikings.
  • VIKING ACTIVITY DAYS Viking Activity Days
    Saturdays: 25 Nov, 13 Jan, 3 Feb & 17 Feb
    Join Einar and Thorkatla of Blueaxe Reproductions to learn about different aspects of Viking life.
  • Celebrity Guest Lecture Viking: Rediscover the Legend guest talk
    Fri 24 Nov
    Michael Wood introduces Viking: Rediscover the Legend, followed by a short Q&A and an exclusive preview of the exhibition.
  • Opening Weekend: The voyage Begins Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition
    Sat 25 – Sun 26 Nov
    Join us for the Viking opening weekend spectacular!
  • Exhibition Tours Exhibition talks
    Various dates
    Let us show you round Viking: Rediscover the Legend and Danelaw Saga.
  • A Viking Christmas Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands
    Sat 9 Dec
    Did you know that before Christmas, the Vikings celebrated Yule - or Jol - in December? Join us for a fun-filled Viking Christmas at Lakeside.
  • Movies at the Museum Exhibition talks
    Sat 9 Dec & Sat 20 Jan
    Pull up a comfy chair or beanbag and join us after closing time for a Viking movie night at the Museum.
  • A Viking Half Term Viking Half Term Activities
    Tue 20 - Sat 24 Feb
    Explore our Viking themed events for children and families during February half term.
  • Viking Ancient Craft Viking Activity Days
    Sat 24 Feb
    Find out how to make your own piece of Viking embroidery.
  • Beowuff and the Dragon Raiders Viking Activity Days
    Sat 24 Feb
    Get in your longship and join children's author Robin Price for a fun voyage through all things Viking.