Event: Vikings: Life and Legend
Location: British Museum, WC1
The British Museum’s landmark exhibition on the Vikings is the first they have staged about the warrior nation in more than 30 years.
The exhibition aims to show the Vikings in a very different light from traditional view of marauding warriors with few cultural interests, with details of their extensive trading network that spanned four continents and connected cultures from the Caspian Sea to the Arctic Circle.
With an impressive array of archaeological discoveries and objects on show, including many recent discoveries, the exhibition shows personal possessions, jewellery, amulets and idols and objects from a newly discovered mass grave site, including the Vale of York Hoard, discovered in 2007.
At the centre of the exhibition is the remains of a Viking warship, Roskilde 6, excavated from a fjord in Denmark, which at 36 metres is the longest ever found.
The exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend is on in the new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery at the British Museum in Bloomsbury from 6th March to 22nd June 2014, open daily 10am to 5.30pm (last entry 4.10pm) and late on Fridays until 8.30pm (last entry 7.10pm) – and see website for details of morning exhibition closures for school parties. Advance booking recommended by the museum.