Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Vikings at Dorset Museum on Sunday 16 July 2023. This is part of a series of special events planned for this year’s Festival of Archaeology, and the best part is that children will have free entry to this event when accompanied by a paying adult.
The Wessex-based Hrafnslith (‘Troop of the Raven’) is a regional group belonging to the oldest historical re-enactment society, “The Vikings”. They will be recreating an impressive living history encampment within the Museum, showcasing the lifestyles of the Viking and Anglo-Saxon peoples of the 8th – 11th century.
Attendees will be able to learn about combat techniques, visit craftspeople to find out how chain mail and fishing nets were made, observe Norse cooking demonstrations, mint their own Viking coin, and listen to exciting Viking sagas filled with adventure.
The event will take place from 11am to 4pm. Between 11am to 1pm, children will also have the opportunity to participate in Viking-themed art activities.
Dorset Museum also has a number of other events for adults and families taking place during the Festival of Archaeology, which runs between 15th and 30th July.
They include the opportunity to take a tour of Dorchester’s Roman Town House, one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England (Sat 15, 22, 29 July 2023, 10am – 12noon), hear about a recent project to date the Cerne Abbas Giant in a lecture from the National Trust’s Martin Papworth on 20 July at 7pm, and the opportunity to join Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, Finds Liaison Officer with the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Dorset Council, for a day of archaeological discovery for families on Friday 28 July.
The Festival of Archaeology is an annual event organised by the Council for British Archaeology. It serves as a platform to highlight the finest aspects of British archaeology through a series of exclusive events held by museums, heritage organizations, universities, societies, and community archaeologists across the United Kingdom.
Elizabeth Selby, Interim Director at Dorset Museum said “Dorset is a special area for archaeology and we are delighted to be offering this range of exciting events for adults and families alike during this year’s Festival of Archaeology. We are pleased to now be offering Kids Go Free for entry to the Museum throughout the year. Additionally, when purchasing an entry ticket online or at the Museum, adults and young people can enjoy unlimited access to the Museum for the entire year.”
2 December 2023 - 21 April 2024
Awakened by Frink
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Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within
Experience the inner world of famous sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) in a major new exhibition exploring her artistic and personal life in Dorset. Showcasing over 80 sculptures, drawings and prints, this exhibition will explore her artistic process, personal life, and the influences that shaped her work.Find out more
3 February - 30 May 2024
John Brown in Dorchester: Rebuilding a Life after slavery
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14 March 2024, 3pm - 4pm
Saving Treasure for Dorset: The Stalbridge and Charlton Marshall hoards
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14 March 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The News on Ancient Sea Reptiles | Dr Darren Naish
In this talk, Darren looks at how our ideas on ancient sea reptiles have changed, what ancient sea reptiles were like as living animals, and on what we still hope to discover.Find out more
17 March 2024
The Critter Clan presents The Critter Chronicles: Exploring the enchanting myths and legends of bugs! 🕷️
The Critter Clan is back with its latest captivating and immersive experience “The Critter Chronicles” where you will travel through time unlocking the secrets, folklore and profound beliefs surrounding some fascinating invertebrates.Find out more
17 March 2024, 11am - 4pm
⚗️Family Science Day 🔭
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20 March 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Collections Discovery Centre Tour
Join our Collections Team for an opportunity to explore behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre.Find out more