Vintage Hair Day – Mane of Thrones at the House of Manannan

– Posted on Wednesday 20th April 2016

Have you every fancied styling yourself as a Viking warrior or wondered how to recreate the fantasy hairstyles made popular by American drama series ‘Games of Thrones’?

Manx National Heritage and the University College Isle of Man will be merging these two concepts together with their Mane of Thrones event at the House of Manannan on Thursday 21 April 2016. Students from the University College Isle Of Man’s Hair and Beauty Department will be recreating warrior women hairstyles in their annual live styling challenge, this year taking place in the new Kingdom of Man and the Isles Gallery at the House of Manannan.

As part of their course training this year students have been working with Manx National Heritage to understand the role of women in the Viking age and have been asked to be creative with their interpretations of Viking ‘hair styling’ and indeed to introduce fantasy elements. The students will be putting their skills into practice during the event, with students styling models using a variety of complicated hair techniques. Visitors are invited to come along and watch the students style their models and chat to them about how they achieve the warrior look!

This will be the fifth year that students from the College have worked together with Manx National Heritage on their live styling challenge.

Katie King, Community Engagement Officer for Manx National Heritage said:

“We are delighted that the Hair and Beauty Department are once again taking on the challenge of bringing history to life – although I must admit the Viking theme will be more challenging than previous years for the students as we have no photographs to work from! We do have archaeological evidence of jewellery, adornments and accessories which indicate that Viking peoples were just as concerned with appearance as we are today – so this has been our starting point. The students have also been asked to use their imaginations and to embrace a more fantasy element this year – with television programmes such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Last Kingdom’ being used as styling inspiration.”

Lindsey Jackson, Hair and Beauty Assistant Programme Manager for the University College Isle Of Man commented:

“Our students have really enjoyed the challenge of reimagining Viking period styles, with the added element of fantasy. We are all really looking forward to the event!”

Visitors are invited to the House of Manannan from 10am – 12noon on Thursday 21 April to watch the live styling event. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


Image credit: Lagertha, played by Catherine Winnick in the TV Series Vikings. Find out more at

Back to top