In Search of Valhalla

Life and Death in Viking-Age Britain

The York Collection in our care contains quantities of uniquely stunning individual Viking-Age objects from the City, that have enabled us to develop our current thinking about Jorvik and how people lived here over 1,000 years ago. This project continues this research by undertaking remedial work, research and photography as well as putting together new object collections for touring exhibitions.

An element of this project involved the secondment of two members of the Visitor Experience and Services Team within the JORVIK Group. Will Burnham and Faye Greer both undertook placements with the Collections Team to explore the collection and help catalogue and prepare it for display. Photographs and conservation reports were completed based on this material, which initially formed the collection for the Valhalla, Life and Death in Viking Britain exhibition shown at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery from 8th February to 5th June 2016, and later in the year at the House of Manannan on the Isle of Man. To assist in the preparation and install of the Shrewsbury exhibition, the Trust were able to use the skills of Jagoda Olender, the Curatorial team’s intern funded through the Arts Council England Museums Resilience programme.

This exhibition continues to be shown as part of YAT’s Touring Exhibition programme.