The Vikings were in the East Midlands right? But you’d like to know more? Well over the summer we heard that a project was launched which aims to do just that. “Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands” is project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is examining how the Vikings impacted the area. The project aims to encourage creative engagement with the East Midlands’ Viking heritage through a programme of workshops, public seminars, an East Midlands-themed exhibition about Vikings and their legacy, and a website featuring information about the Vikings in the East Midlands.
New exhibitions of Vikings
There will be 2 exhibitions visiting the Lakeside Arts complex in Nottingham. In the Museum of Archaeology there will be “Viking: Rediscover the Legend”. This is a collaboration between the British Museum and York Museums Trust and will feature nationally important Viking and Anglo Saxon artefacts, including recent finds, and will re-examine the influence of the Vikings in Britain. Alongside this you’ll be able to visit “Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands” which has a more local focus.
The exhibitions are can be seen at the Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham between 24th November 2017 – 4th March 2018.
The British Museum gets local!
The British Museum is keen to share its knowledge and experience with museums around the country. Just recently our local museum in Buxton has benefited from the loan of a number of artefacts to enhance the displays. There’s now an official project “British Museum Knowledge Transfer Programme”. This provides a great opportunity for both the British Museums and partners in the scheme to share knowledge and skills.
As part of this scheme, one of the curators – Dr Julia Farley (@julia_farley), of British & European Iron Age Collections will be spending a week (7th-11th November 2016) at the University Museum. During her time there she’ll be examining the collections and suggesting how they could be used to develop new exhibition and outreach programmes.
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We will certainly be going to see the Vikings exhibitions, and we hope you can make it too!