Mar 6, 2014
Last Saturday we spent the day at Bath Literary Festival with Vikings life and legend curator and author Gareth Williams. If you didn’t manage to come to the brilliant talk that he gave at the Guildhall, never fear – here are the highlights:
Why choose to do an exhibition on the Vikings?
• Suitable topic for Anglo-Danish co-operation
• Vikings seen as ‘sexier’ than other past civilisations
• Vikings one of the most popular subjects for museum visitors
• The exhibition provides an opportunity to conserve and present a spectacular ship
The Viking Ship – Roskilde 6
This is the longest Viking ship found to date, at over 37m in total! It has never previously been displayed, and conserved and mounted specially for this exhibition.
The ship is at the heart of the history of the Vikings, and of the exhibition and the related books.
Don’t miss the Vikings: life and legend exhibition which opens today!
We’re publishing a wonderful array of Viking titles which are a great way to get acquainted with the Viking world before attending the exhibition or to follow up on your particular interests afterwards.
Vikings life and legend edited by Gareth Williams, Peter Pentz and Matthias Wemhoff (paperback £25)
The Viking Ship by Gareth Williams (£9.99)
Further reading for Viking fanatics:
Runes by Martin Findel (£9.99)
The Vikings in Britain and Ireland by Jayne Carroll, Stephen H. Harrison and Gareth Williams (£10.99)
For little Vikings:
The Tale of King Harald: The Last Viking Adventure by Thomas Williams (£7.99)
Make your own Viking ship (£5.99)
The Lewis Chessmen and what happened to them by Irving Finkel (£4.99)