The Vikings have come to Alnwick

In association with the JORVIK Group

Vikings: Fact and Fiction

Discover the Norse people in Alnwick

This major exhibition at Bailiffgate is all about the Vikings.  Separate fact from the fiction in this myth-busting exhibition in a unique collaboration with the JORVIK Group, the people behind JORVIK Viking Centre in York.

When most people think of Vikings they imagine bearded warriors wreaking havoc, or legendary gods with magic hammers. But the Norse people who settled in northern England in the 9th and 10th centuries also had a fascinating culture. In Vikings: Fact and Fiction, explore who they really were, from the clothes they wore to the activities they did for fun. Discover 1,000 year old artefacts and see how the Vikings impacted the world, not just through raiding and conquering but through craft-making and trading.

Children will also love getting hands on with the Viking age in exciting themed activities at the exhibition.

Director of Attractions for the JORVIK Group, which is owned and operated by York Archaeological Trust, Sarah Maltby, explains: “At JORVIK Viking Centre we like to challenge people’s preconceptions of the Vikings, using archaeological evidence to explore their complex culture and lifestyle as well as their war-mongering tendencies. We’re delighted to be sharing artefacts and knowledge with Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery, in a part of the world where the Vikings roamed and settled 1,000 years ago.”  

Jane Mann, a volunteer at Bailiffgate said “We’re thrilled to be working with the JORVIK Group to bring the Vikings back to Alnwick for an exciting summer exhibition and programme of events and activities”.

Great news is that the Viking mice have woken up from their slumber through lockdown (wise creatures). Each is unique and  a number are still available for adoption. Grab one quick..

There are mice hiding all round Alnwick and in the museum! Download our Viking Mouse Hunt Competition form here 

See also some great books about the Vikings, with ones suitable for all ages in our online bookshop.  

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VIKINGS in Alnwick

We have a warm welcome waiting for you at Bailiffgate...

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When pre-booking for a visit to the museum in summer 2021 during the Vikings exhibition, with Covid precautions still in place, it would be advisable to pre-book, especially for Saturdays and forecast wet days. This can be done here using a  facility kindly provided by Art Tickets .


Please add any relevant free child entries to your booking as we need to know for Covid precautions.

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