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Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years.
Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
This special British Museum cinema event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend– the first exhibition about the Vikings at the museum for 30 years. Introduced by former British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and presented by the celebrated broadcasting historians Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes, the exhibition is brought to life by curator Gareth Williams, alongside experts on Viking ships and swords, burial and beliefs, language and legacy. With demonstrations, stunning close-up photography of the Viking objects in the exhibition and a torch-lit burial staged in the grounds of the museum, Vikings from the British Museumis a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped modern lives across four continents including North America. An exclusive, expertly guided tour of the British Museum's new blockbuster Vikings exhibition.
There are plenty of surprises in store as we learn how they created a complex international trading network covering four continents. We also discover our direct connections to the Vikings through language, poetry, names, place names and even our DNA.
The exhibition and cinema feature focus on the core period of the Viking Age, from the late 8th century to the early 11th century. The extraordinary Viking expansion from the Scandinavian homelands during this era created a cultural network with contacts from the Caspian Sea to the North Atlantic, and from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean. Warfare and warrior identity are at the centre of what it meant to be a Viking and contact with other lands was often violent. Objects include recently excavated skeletons from a mass grave of executed Vikings in Dorset, armour and and weapons. But there is also fine jewellery, sculpture and metalwork which was traded as well as raided across the globe.
Tickets: Adults £10 / Students/Child £8