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Year of the Vikings in York

As part of York’s Year of the Viking, there will be a new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum: ‘Rediscover the Legend’ at the Yorkshire Museum, 19 May – 5 November. This will see two of the most significant and internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain brought together for the first time in a major new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum. Featuring some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever made, the exhibition will explore how the Vikings transformed life in Britain. Star objects from the British Museum will feature alongside the Yorkshire Museum’s world-class collections and will be interpreted in new ways to give a fresh perspective on how Vikings shaped every aspect of life in Britain.
It will also feature ground-breaking research by archaeologists and new discoveries by metal-detectorists which will challenge our perceptions of what it means to be Viking.

Whilst in York, why not hop aboard the newly rebuilt time-travelling ride experience at the YORVIK Viking Centre, where you’ll be transported back to the year AD960; Eric Bloodaxe, the last Viking King in Jorvik, has been expelled and the city is transforming itself. You will discover the impact of international trade on Viking-age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society in the city, as it’s not just trade goods that flowed into Jorvik but people from across the globe! The gallery experiences have been completely updated, with new display cases allowing you to get up close to these precious, Viking artefacts. You will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre.

Key highlights include:

  • State-of-the-art animatronics and models on the ride
  • New immersive experiences
  • Interactive digital applications within the galleries
  • The latest research into Viking-age York
  • New bespoke displays for the Coppergate Collection; one of the most important Viking-age discoveries ever excavated

York’s JORVIK Viking Centre reopened on Saturday 8th April 2017, after a multi-million-pound re-imagining.

Further information

Exhibition leaflet

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Angie Aspinall is Co-editor of LoveMyTrips. She's also a freelance journalist who writes about luxury travel, spa breaks, dog-friendly holidays, ecotourism, and dining experiences. Angie lives in Scotland with her husband, professional photographer and freelance journalist, Richard Aspinall, and their Westie, Tilly. Follow Angie on Twitter @Aspinall_Ink and follow Tilly @TillyTheWestie.

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