New exhibition, “Jorvik: Treasures and Belief”, from 1 August 2016
A Viking ‘horn of tenure’ represented the deed of transfer from local ‘Jarl’ Ulph in the 10th century; now a handshake between a Viking warrior and the Dean of York signals the start of a new partnership which will see a host of Viking treasures re-united with the Horn of Ulf in the Undercroft of the gothic cathedral.
From 1 August, a collaborative project between curators at JORVIK Viking Centre and York Minster will see some of the most precious treasures of York’s Viking residents go on display in the Treasury, part of the Undercroft attraction beneath the cathedral’s floor.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Dean & Chapter of York for inviting us to display these precious Viking artefacts that visitors would have seen at JORVIK in a subterranean space that is reminiscent of their usual home,” comments director of attractions for the JORVIK Group, Sarah Maltby. “These items are unique and irreplaceable, requiring special atmospheric conditions so the sealed cases of the Minster’s Treasury are an ideal place to showcase these precious 1000 year old pieces.”
The York Minster exhibition is the third and final exhibition making up JORVIK on Tour, which ensures that the artefacts and learning experiences normally available in JORVIK Viking Centre itself are still a core part of the city’s visitor experience whilst the centre rebuilds and re-imagines following last year’s flooding.
“This exhibition has been a true partnership, with curators from the York Archaeological Trust and the collections team of York Minster working together to bring together a selection of complementary items from each of our archives and archaeological stores. As far as we know, this is the first collaboration of its kind, exploring the Viking adoption of Christianity alongside their proud old faith traditions,” adds Sarah.
The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York comments, “The floods after Christmas were devastating to our city and partnerships such as this are one are a positive outcome from what has been a very hard time for York. We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition and hope that we can continue to build on this joint work for the future.”
Jorvik: Treasures & Beliefs opens on 1 August 2016. Admission to the exhibition is included within the ticket price for York Minster – £10 for adults, £9 for seniors and students and free for children (with a paying adult), with tickets valid for 12 months. York residents can access the Minster for free on presentation of valid identification.
For more details, please visit www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/ontour. Full details of opening times are available on www.yorkminster.org.
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