Conquerors, Explorers, Founders, Kings
This exhibition is on display at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven from 29th June to 29th September 2019.
What makes a hero? Power, bravery, determination?
In this age, where superheroes exist only in fiction, this compelling exhibition allows you to discover some of the real-life hero ‘celebrities’ of the Viking world, including Eric Bloodaxe – last Viking King of York, King Cnut the Great, Harald Bluetooth – Christian and King, and Harald Hardrada – the thunderbolt of the North.
At Heroes, visitors can explore how they were celebrated and commemorated and what archaeological evidence can tell us about their stories, which are told through a series of display panels, a Viking Age human remains displaying the battle injuries of a warrior, replica objects, AV projection and interactive activities.
The world of Viking myth is delved into to uncover the superpowers of the Viking gods such as Thor and Odin through story and play in a themed Viking encampment children’s area, which uses saga telling, games and crafting activities to encourage all ages to find out more, as well as presenting the tales of Noggin the Nog, designed to appeal to visitors old and new.
“We enjoyed working with The JORVIK Group to bring Heroes to the Isle of Man and although the logistics can present challenges, The JORVIK Group were extremely professional, friendly and positive in helping us achieve the loan. The exhibition itself has proved very popular with our visitors and the artefacts and interpretation are complemented by the children’s area. Our younger audience have had a great time with the physical interactives and our more mature visitors have enjoyed the nostalgia of re-watching Noggin the Nog!”
Curator: Archaeology – Manx National Heritage – Eiraght Ashoonagh Vannin