Historic Pastimes & Musical Instruments

From playing pieces to medieval whistles; this research project is developing a new discrete collection to be displayed in Barley Hall to complement our school’s workshops held there.

A second element of this project has developed resources for JORVIK, where we worked with ancient musicians from the UK and Scandinavia playing replica instruments based on finds from excavations and documentary sources. The resultant videos can be viewed here and also in JORVIK, alongside displays of the instruments themselves, including panpipes, whistles, a bridge from a stringed instrument, ‘buzz-bones’ and an intricately carved bone turning key.


Musical instruments

  • Buzz Bones
  • Tuning Key
  • Panpipes
  • Lyre Bridge