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Vikings Exhibition at the British Museum

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by Angela Lord (subscribe)
Freelance writer specialising in arts, travel and entertainment news, previews and reviews.
Treasure Hoards and Swords of the Viking Raiders

The Vikings are coming and the spoils of war gathered by these plundering, pillaging raiders and traders are on show for all to see.

A huge warship, hoards of treasure and skeletons from a warriors' grave are among the relics of these fearsome sea-faring Scandinavians on display at the British Museum

The Vikings' skill in shipbuilding was central to their culture and achievements. A 37-metre-long warship dating from around 1025, the longest of its kind ever to be discovered, forms the centrepiece of the exhibition.

Many new discoveries, including evidence of a mass grave of Viking warriors, are on view for the first time, showing how fresh excavations and recent research add to our understanding of this period of history.

The exhibition also includes displays of swords, axes, coins and jewellery, which reveal more details about how the Vikings saw themselves and their world. The Vale of York Hoard a huge collection of coins and precious metals - is further evidence of an empire built on trade, plunder and power.

The Viking Age, from around 8001050, was a period of major change across Europe. The Scandinavians crossed the seas to create an international network that left a lasting legacy in countries from the UK to the Ukraine.

"The reach and cultural connections of the Viking Age make it a remarkable story shared by many countries, not least here in the British Isles," says Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum. "New discoveries and research have led to a wealth of new information about the Vikings, so it is a perfect moment to look again at this critical era."

This bygone age of warriors, seafarers and conquerors still holds a strange fascination, enthralling us with its spirit of adventure.

The exhibition runs from 6 March 22 June. Tickets can be booked online at or 020 7323 8181.

Opening hours 10.0017.30 Saturday to Thursday and 10.0020.30 Fridays. Open on Good Friday 18 April, 10.0017.30.
Adult, 16.50
Child under 16, free when accompanied by a paying adult
Senior, 16.50
Students and 1618 years, 13
Other concessions available, see website for details.

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Why? Vikings exhibition
When: 6 March - 22 June
Phone: 020 7323 8181
Where: British Museum
Cost: Adult 16.50, Child free with accompanying adult, concessions available
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