‘Valhalla – Life and Death in Viking Age Britain’ is a touring exhibition by The JORVIK Group and York Archaeological Trust.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to:
Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions at York Archaeological Trust said:
“This latest pathological research gives us clues about the lives that those people led.
“Combine this with osteological analysis, and we can tell the sex, age and height of a person, depending on how much of the skeleton was preserved in the ground. The research can also give us clues as to how that person may have died – whether from disease, injury or from natural causes.
“Looking at this evidence, alongside artefacts found throughout the British Isles, helps tell a more accurate story of Viking Britain and our Viking ancestry.”
As well as examining aspects of life in Viking-Age Shropshire the exhibition includes an interactive area for young visitors who can discover the sagas and tales of the Viking Gods as well as being able to write their name in runes and create their own Viking God.
And the learning team at Shropshire Council’s museums service will be offering a schools’ workshop session to help children explore Shropshire’s Viking history. This hands-on artefact enquiry session, involving costume and role-play, will help children to discover who the raiders were, why they came, how they fought and what they believed.
Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member responsible for museums, said:
“Valhalla promises to be a fantastic and fascinating exhibition that offers something for people of all ages. I’m delighted that the exhibition is coming to Shrewsbury.”
‘Valhalla – Life and Death in Viking Age Britain opens on 8 February 2016 and runs until 5 June 2016.
It is supported by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery will be open from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday until Easter, and will then be open 10am to 4.30pm Monday to Sunday.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and managed by Shropshire Council.
For more information visit www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk.
For further information about schools’ workshop, or to book, ring 01743 258881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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