History is being brought to life this summer – the Vikings are invading Dorset County Museum! Come and meet the Vikings from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 23rd August. Witness hand to hand combat, visit craftspeople to find out how chain mail and fishing nets were made, watch Norse cooking demonstrations, mint a Viking coin and listen to exciting Viking sagas full of adventure.
The Wessex based Hrafnslith (‘Troop of the Raven’) is a regional group belonging to the oldest ‘Dark Ages’ historical re-enactment society, “The Vikings”. They will be recreating an impressive living history encampment within the Museum, showcasing the lifestyles of the Viking and Anglo-Saxon peoples of the 8th – 11th century. They will be on hand to give demonstrations of Viking / Saxon Age crafts, skills, games and pastimes as well as performing combat displays with a variety of weaponry.
As part of the event, the public will have the opportunity to view selected areas of the Museum’s new Ancient Dorset Gallery supported by the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, before its completion and official opening in the autumn.
Director Dr. Jon Murden said “We welcome families at the Museum, and these events are going to be wonderful for children, really bringing history alive for them. We want to inspire the next generation to help conserve Dorset’s past, and to that end there will be a special offer on our membership price for any families or individuals who sign up at the events, which will give them free entry to the Museum for a whole year.”
With plenty for children to see and do throughout the summer holidays including museum trails and, for dinosaur fans, a gallery dedicated to all things dinosaur which boasts a huge pliosaur skull over 155 million years old, Dorset County Museum is well worth a visit. Find details of our summer events contact the Museum on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter
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