Viking: Rediscover the Legend - New Exhibition from Yorkshire Museum and British Museum

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Viking: Rediscover the Legend – Major New Exhibition by the Yorkshire Museum To Open May 2017 In Partnership with the British Museum

23 January 2017

Viking: Rediscover the Legend
May 19 – November 5 2017

The most significant Viking treasure hoards ever discovered in Britain will go on display together for the first time in May 2017.

Featuring some internationally significant Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries, Viking: Rediscover the Legend will explore how the Vikings transformed life in Britain.

Star objects from the British Museum will feature alongside the Yorkshire Museum’s world class collections and will be interpreted in new ways to give a fresh perspective on how Vikings shaped every aspect of life in Britain.

It will include the most famous Viking hoards ever discovered in this country, including the Vale of York Viking Hoard, Cuerdale Hoard and the Bedale Hoard.

It will also feature ground-breaking research by archaeologists and new discoveries by metal-detectorists which will challenge our perceptions of what it means to be Viking.

The exhibition will open at the Yorkshire Museum and then tour to the University of Nottingham, The Atkinson, Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum, dates to be announced shortly.

Natalie McCaul, curator of archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum, said:

“This is a unique opportunity to see some of the best Viking treasures in the UK displayed together for the first time.

“It will feature stand out loans from the British Museum alongside our fantastic collections, combined with new research, new technology and exciting displays. It will also be the first time the most significant Viking Hoards ever found in this country will be on display together in the same place.”

Maria Bojanowska, Dorset Foundation Head of National Programmes at the British Museum, said:

“The British Museum is delighted to be working in partnership with the Yorkshire Museum on this exciting exhibition. Viking: Rediscover the Legend will shed new light on some of the most significant Viking Hoards to be found in this country. With the support of the Dorset Foundation, we are able to tour the exhibition to the University of Nottingham Museum, The Atkinson, Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum, and share these stories with as many people as possible across the UK.”

More information about the exhibition will be released shortly.

YMT Cardholders can see this exhibition first at our exclusive preview event – please click here for details.