The Big Bang Fair 2015

The Big Bang Fair at the NEC is the biggest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) event for schools in Britain. This year just over 68,000 visitors attended, and we got to see quite a few of them.

Experiment with the Vikings

Experiment with the Vikings In November 2014 we were commissioned to write a primary school resource called Experiment with the Vikings for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The aim was to include relevant STEM activities for primary schools teaching a topic about the Vikings.

The Great British Viking Quest

Sarah Weldon, from Kendal in The Lake District, is CEO of the Ocean’s Project, a not-for-profit organisation providing free online environmental, geography, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) education to young people aged 5-19 in developed and developing countries. Between May and September 2015 Sarah will be bringing Vikings and STEM alive during her single-handed Guinness World record attempt to be the first person to row around the entire coastline of Great Britain. Following ancient Viking navigation routes she will compare the lives and landscapes of our Viking ancestors with the modern world. At the same time Sarah’s Great British Viking Quest will explore … Continue reading

Vikings Invade Lindisfarne Priory

A Lake District resident followed us (not intentionally) to Lindisfarne in 2011, where we were re-enacting a Viking Raid on the Holy Island in 794. This time the Vikings were defeated and the monks got their treasure back. He wrote a very nice blog post about the battle. You can see me in the 5th photo down, in the red with my back to the camera 🙂

Warwick Bridge School

A longboat up the Eden at Warwick Bridge Written by Miss P. Newman in the Focus on Eden parish magazine. Copied here with kind permission. In February Warwick Bridge School had a visitor for two days – Bjarni the Viking. He described how he had come, in his longship, from Seascale and then up the River Eden. A trader, he brought with him a wonderful array of goods for the children to feel and touch. Skins of deer, boar, fox and squirrel, horn spoons, turned bowls, pottery beakers and traded jewellery beads. An iron tripod, hanging pot, wooden pegged bench … Continue reading

Greengate Junior School

I recently visited Greengate Junior School in Barrow-in-Furness for their Viking day. It was a large group of year 6 pupils, nearly 60 in all. I managed, however, with the aid of the wonderful staff at the school. The group was about two thirds boys, so the teachers were expecting the visit to be boisterous. The children were great, in fact. I started off with stories about my life as a Viking warrior, and got a volunteer up to demonstrate the chainmail armour. He was stood in it for quite a while as I used him to demonstrate the various weapons on. … Continue reading

Stone Axe, Blood Axe, Conquest

SV Educational Services (previously trading as Midgard Living History) were invited to the VIP opening of the new Stone Axe, Blood Axe, Conquest Gallery at the Dock Museum in Barrow in Furness on Friday 8th Feb 2013. This new addition to the museum has been purpose built to house the Furness Viking Hoard and tell the archaeological story of the Furness Peninsula in Cumbria.   As well as the museum staff there was the mayor and other civic dignitaries, and representatives of all the companies and organisations that have contributed to the museum acquiring the hoard and building the new gallery. SV … Continue reading

Sponsored Viking Longboat Row

At Easter 2011 a metal detectorist discovered an amazing treasure under a rock in Furness, Cumbria. The 92 silver coins and artifacts – among them ingots and one near-complete silver bracelet – have been examined by the British Museum. It is thought that the silver was put into the ground sometime around 955 AD when the Viking invaders had established footholds in the north of England.   Barrow Dock Museum raised £49,500 in just six months to buy the Hoard, but needed an additional £10,000 or so to build a Viking gallery in order to display it. On Saturday 28th July 2012 … Continue reading

Rowing a Viking Longship up the River Derwent

Between the 21st and 23rd September 2011 the first Viking Longship for nearly 1000 years was rowed up the river Derwent in East Yorkshire, heading towards the site of the famous battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.   The event was organised by the Viking group Volsung and Russell Scott (Rig), the owner of the longship Uruz. We had a crew of 8 on the longship, plus a support crew of 4 who made sure that the authentic Viking encampment was taken down and set up at the end of each day of rowing, and making sure the crew were properly watered and … Continue reading