The Vikings are coming…the first major Vikings exhibition at the British Museum for over 30 years starts in March at the new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery.
Showcasing new archaeological discoveries and objects never before seen in the UK, alongside Britain’s most important Viking artefacts, the display illustrates what Viking-life was like; violent, oppressive and tough.
Among the pieces on display is a late 8th – early 9th century sword, a shadow of what it once was, is just one of many weapons on display that show the deep role that warfare played in the Viking age. The Vale of York hoard will also be shown in its entirety for the first time at The British museum since its discovery in 2007. The collection of over 600 coins, 6 arm rings and a large quantity of bullion and hack-silver is one of the most significant finds in Viking-related history.