On Saturday 22 October 2016, the Vikings return to Manx shores when a new exhibition opens at the House of Manannan in Peel. “Valhalla: Life and Death in Viking Britain” showcases everyday objects dating to over a thousand years ago that show that the Vikings were not only invaders and warriors but also explorers, traders, and craftsmen.
A special hands-on children’s area also creates a world that encourages learning about Norse myths and sagas. It includes a Viking encampment, dressing up and games. This touring exhibition has been created by the world-famous Jorvik Group.
Artefacts on show will include everyday items such as pins, beads, buckles and knives but also arrowheads, lamps, cups and even ice skates! Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to come face-to-face with a person from Viking Age York, one of the human skeletons excavated from Coppergate, in the heart of the city.
Valhalla opens at 10am on Saturday 22 October with a special Viking Day at the House of Manannan. The Vikings of Mann re-enactment group will be on hand to show and explain aspects of Viking Age life. Admission to the exhibition and Viking Day is free of charge and visitors of all ages are welcome. Admission charges apply for the House of Manannan Galleries.
To coincide with the exhibition and to link into the BIG draw, Valhalla themed workshops will take place during October half term hosted by Manx National Heritage and Artreach studios. Tickets for the 2 hour art workshop cost £12.50 and spaces can be booked at the House of Manannan or call (01624) 648090. The workshops are suitable for children aged 6 – 16 years.
The exhibition runs until 21 April 2017 and is kindly supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.