SV Educational Services is proud of all the effort and hard work we put into our historical interpretation events and workshops. This is reflected in the comments and testimonials we have had from our customers.

“Bjarni was a great addition to our Back In Time event. He brought a wide variety of props and artefacts for our visitors to interact with and offered some great story telling sessions too, thank you.” We can’t wait to go back.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

“At Tullie House Museum we regularly use SV Educational Services as a way to add something unique to our formal and informal learning programmes. SV Educational Services interpret history using real historical characters and replica objects to bring history to life. The content of the sessions they deliver are of a high standard and quality using factual interesting nuggets of information that connect us in the present day to our ancestors from the past, sparking a fascination in people who are intrigued to hear more! Terry’s passion and knowledge shines through. Here at Tullie we are very much looking forward … Continue reading

Tullie House Family Friendly Day

Bjarni,  What a fantastic day we spent finding out all about life as a Viking! The children were thoroughly engaged and enthused about their new topic. As a teacher the opportunity to handle artifacts and develop an understanding of a different time and place in history to our own is invaluable. The experiences the children have had today will no doubt be remembered by them for many years to come. Many Many thanks Nic Ashby St Catherine’s Catholic Primary, Penrith

Viking Day at St. Catherine’s School in Penrith

We were treated to a wide-ranging and very interesting talk on the Vikings or rather the 8th to 14th C Scandinavian adventurers in general and then in particular how they affected Britain. Terry can apparently tailor his talks about the Vikings according to interests and can focus on their journeys, their religion, their fighting, invading and seamanship abilities and how they lived domestically and as farmers. The talk he gave us was an overall view as has been developed in more recent historical studies and our group thought the way that the whole subject was covered with his excellent demonstrations … Continue reading

Talk to Drigg Local History Group by Terry Harvey-Chadwick

Thanks very much for bringing your Tudor Alchemist character Albert Harvey to the Wars of the Roses days of our Living History Week. We were really pleased with how well this fitted in with the other period re-enactors onsite for the event. We had many positive comments both from them and from the public about how well-developed the character was and the depth of knowledge you had to share with customers of all ages; certainly we were aware that you drew a crowd throughout the day! Muncaster has always seen the benefits of having your personae at our events and … Continue reading

Alchemy at Muncaster Castle

Wennington Hall School is a special state secondary school for boys with behavioural and other difficulties, rated outstanding by OFSTED. I was asked to provide a Viking day for Key Stage 3 students. Despite the wide range of difficulties the students have they made me feel more welcome than I have in any other school, and Bjarni really enjoyed his visit there. It looks like the students and teachers enjoyed the day too: Lots of great feedback from the boys about the day’s events Terry, I hope you enjoyed it too. The head was very pleased with your input and … Continue reading

Viking Day at Wennington Hall School

Terry, Thank you for the fantastic Viking day that you provided. Your character is well developed and you are clearly very knowledgeable about your subject. You have provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to our children, which has enhanced their interests to a totally new height. The parents have commented, stating that their children loved the experience. I hope to have you back again in future years. Comments from Children “The shield wall was fantastic!” “I loved seeing the real life weapons!” And my favourite. “Can Bjarni come back every day?” Warmest Regards, Liam Marshall Garstang Community Primary School … Continue reading

More Praise for Bjarni

“A very engaging morning. The children were interested and motivated. They really enjoyed making their own inks and both staff and pupils were fascinated by the process!” On our new feedback form (long overdue) the Excellent box was ticked for the quality of the workshop. Sandra Cummings, Y5 Teacher, Black Combe Junior School, Millom “Dear Terry, Thank you so much for your visit to Seascale Year 5. Your workshop as Brother Mellitus was a fantastic learning experience for all of our class. In the words of one girl, it was “a history, a science and a literacy lesson all in … Continue reading

The Lindisfarne Gospels Workshop

We were part of a team lead by Raiders Traders and Invaders,  including Wordsmith Crafts and Visiting Vikings, showing how the Lindisfarne Gospels were made. We supplied equipment and materials for iron gall ink making, and had a display and activity showing how the coloured pigments were made. The second day was exciting as the weather closed in, the site was flooded, and three tents blew down. This is what they had to say: Hi Terry, I have finally landed back at home and can reply to you properly. I’d like to say a big thank you for the display you put on for the … Continue reading

Making of the Gospels, Lindisfarne Priory

We worked with Russ and Liz Scott of Traders Invaders and Raiders to bring the newly restored historical water mill to life for a weekend at Loggerheads Country Park, near Mold in North Wales. Many many thanks for everything you put into the weekend – it was fantastic to see the area transformed. Your attention to detail was tremendous and really created a very special atmosphere. We have had so much positive feedback from visitors who have said how much they enjoyed the event. The way you transformed the Education centre into a Victorian kitchen was incredible. What was particularly nice was … Continue reading

Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales

I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed watching your re-enactments and meeting you at the Steam rally at Distington and at Egremont castle. I think its great what you are doing, and very informative. I see you are going to Lindisfarne, my partner and myself were thinking of coming to watch and show support! Regards, Kirstie

Member of the Public

Dear Terry On behalf of all the team here at Muncaster Castle, I am writing to thank you for your brilliant contribution to our Festival in May. Not only did you look the part of Bjarni Thorvaldrson the Viking, but you truly lived as he would have done! Our visitors thoroughly enjoyed learning all about daily life in that period and we’re really looking forward to having you here with us again in August. With very best wishes Andy Chafe, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

This is a home educator who runs a blog. She came to the Jorvik Viking Festival and wrote a report about it. About half way down there is a photo of Bjarni and underneath she had some very kind things to say about him: “For me, this man gets my biggest thumbs up of the day – he was great!  Really enthusiastic and a mine of interesting information.  He had a table-top full of interesting things for the children to hold and ask questions about and I felt that he really brought the objects to life with his descriptions of … Continue reading


Dear Terry, A massive thanks for a fantastic day. The children had a great day and the teachers and teaching assistants loved it too. They have learnt so much more from you being in the school than they ever could have through books. Please find attached some of the pictures I took on the day. My wife has sent some to the local press and I will let you know if they are in this week. Many thanks and I hope we meet again. Steve Hillman

Greengate Junior School, Barrow-in-Furness

Dear Terry, Many thanks for a fantastic visit to Greystoke School last week. We had a fantastic day and the children have picked up so much knowledge and understanding about Viking life – and their enthusiasm this week has been great! I was listening in to four of the girls role playing as Viking children at play time this week – grinding grain, feeding animals and playing games. The children have also really enjoyed writing as if they were Viking children and this showed how much they had learnt from your visit too! Many thanks for a great day, Sophie Heron.

Greystoke School, near Penrith

Dear Terry, Many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable and jam packed learning day last week. All the children and adults had nothing but praise for your enthusiasm, knowledge and your interaction with everyone. You certainly met our expectations and needs, and the children are even more inspired to learn more about the Vikings. Thankyou messages from the children will hopefully arrive next week. All best wishes and once again many thanks. Cath and the Year 3 and 4 team.

Eaglesfield Paddle CE Primary Academy, near Cockermouth

“What a great event! The Vikings invaded the Barrow Dock Museum with a longboat, weapons, outfits, replica equipment and most of all a whole lot of fabulous information on the Vikings, A great day for children and adults alike. Thank you, we hope you’ll be back!”

Barrow Dock Museum

“Bjarni Thorvaldrson spent the day with the pupils of Class 3, explaining what life was like in Viking times. They found out how to hunt wild boar, listened to the story of when Thor met Utgard-Loki, learnt how to fight in a shield wall, played Kubb, 9 Men’s Morris and Maya, and made butter.”

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School

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