Fearsome Craftsmen

Our Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition presents the Vikings as traders and craftspeople, allowing you to discover how they turned the materials they had around them into stunning items of cultural significance. The exhibition used material from the ‘Home and Abroad’ exhibition, which was one of the temporary exhibitions on display during the period when JORVIK Viking Centre was closed following the 2015 floods.

Fearsome Craftsmen - exhibition view (boat)

Fearsome Craftsmen - exhibition view (boat)

Visitors can see the items the Vikings created from materials including wood, bone and metal, as well as experience a replica Viking house. Younger visitors can find out what it was like to be a blacksmith in our specially designed children’s area. The exhibition’s replica handling kit, also available for venues to hire, is an excellent, hands-on  way for visitors to learn more about the fragile archaeological finds on display.

The handling kit went down very well with the people we had interacting with it. The children in the groups were keen to handle the objects as always but it was particularly valuable in that the object related so closely to objects in the cases....All in all a great resource to have.
— Perth Museum and Art Gallery, July 2018
Fearsome Craftsmen - archaeological finds

Fearsome Craftsmen - archaeological finds

Fearsome Craftsmen - Blacksmith's forge

Fearsome Craftsmen - Blacksmith's forge

Fearsome Craftsmen has been displayed at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, in 2017, Perth Museum and Art Gallery in 2018, and the Harris Museum, Preston, in 2019. Over 38,000 visitors have seen this exhibition to date.

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