2. March 12th, Hoylake, 12noon: Talk to the Inner Wheel Inter Club: "Wirral Viking Heritage", Kings Gap Hotel, Hoylake (ladies only!)
April 18th, Birkenhead, 7.30pm: Lecture to the Birkenhead History
Society "Wirral's Viking Past",
4. Wednesday May 1st, Thurstaston, daybreak at Thor's Stone: 1100th anniversary celebration with the Mersey Morris Men, the children of Thingwall Primary School (dressed as Vikings), the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral and guests from Trondheim Kommune, Norway (the Deputy Mayor, the Director of Cultural Affairs and the Director of Olavfestdagene), the Mayor of Ellesmere Port and Neston and members of the Wirhalh Skip Fehlag (re-enactment group). Assemble 4.50am, yes am!! (but allow for a 10 minute walk from the car park, situated on the A540 heading northwards just past the Cottage Loaf pub on the right). Dancing starts 5am after the Viking horn call. Finish 6.00am approx. Sensible footwear recommended, and it might rain: don't forget Thor was the god of thunder! ... Postscript: the skies cleared just in time!
June 28th, Thingwall Primary School,
10am: Official unveiling of the 1100th anniversary mural by the Norwegian
Burning of Viking Ship, Saturday 20th July, 9.45pm,
July 27th & 28th, Arrowe
Park, 11am-5pm, 1100th anniversary Olsok
Celebration Part I:
August 10th, Chester, 10.45am-4.30pm, 1100th
anniversary Olsok Part II: Lectures at the
11. Sept 19th, Thornton Hough, 12.30pm: Lecture to Heswall & District Rotary Club: "Genetic search for Wirral Vikings", Grange Restaurant, Thornton Hough
September 27th, Bromborough, 7pm.
Lecture, Bromborough Society: "Wirral's Viking
November 13th, Hurlston Hall Golf Club, Ormskirk, 7.30pm. Lecture "Blood of
December 11th, The Mayer Trust, Bebington
Wirral. "Blood of
1. January 25th, Runcorn Priory, 1pm: Lecture to Merseyside Young Archaeologists
Wednesday February 26th,
Wednesday March 12th,
4. Thursday March 13th, Wallasey. "Blood of Wallasey Vikings", Lecture to Wallasey Historical Society
5. Tuesday March 18th, 7.30pm, Lecture to Friends of Storeton Woods, Victoria Hall, Village Road, Higher Bebington.
6. Thursday March 20th - Friday 9th May, Art Exhibition: Shadows - Speaking With Vikingsby Tone Nyarkoh.
Saturday 26th April, 1st Icelandic tour of the Wirral and
Wednesday 30th April, 7.30pm "Do Yow Talk Viking"
(combined event with our Black Country friends, to be held in
9. Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th May, The Newark Show: East Midlands Viking link
18th June. 2nd Icelandic tour of the Wirral and
13. 28th June. 3rd Icelandic tour of 45 tourists.
November 19th 2003,Athenaeum Luncheon Lecture, "Viking
Mersey", Athenaeum, Church Alley,
November 19th. Ormskirk Advertiser
Series Lecture "Blood of
December 11th. "Blood of Wirral Vikings", Neston
Historical Society, 7.30pm. Results from the genetic survey of Wirral and
January 23rd, "Vikings in
2. Millwall versus TRANMERE, FA Cup Quarter Final, Sunday 7th March, Kick off 1pm (live on BBC One).
3. TRANMERE versus Millwall, FA Cup Quarter Final Replay, TUESDAY March 16th, Kick off 7.45pm (live on SkySports).
Saturday April 3rd, 10am-3pm. Battlefields Trust Event
"Viking Wirral and the
5. Sunday April 4th, 1pm. Poulton Hall, Bromborough, Wirral. Unveiling of the Viking Sculpture "The Brunanburgh Viking" created by Wirral sculpturess Sue Sharples by Steve Harding. The work was commissioned by the Lancelyn-Green family, who date back on the Wirral to the 11th century. The unveiling marks the opening of the Gardens. See picture of the Brunanburgh Viking with Sue and Steve.
6. Sunday July 4th, 2pm. Poulton Hall, Bromborough, Wirral. "Wirral Viking Book Event" (part of Poulton Hall Gardens Open Day): Wirral and its Viking Heritage, Ingimund's Saga, Viking Mersey, and Roger Lancelyn Green's Penguin Classic: Myths of the Norsemen. Visitors have also another chance to see Sue Sharples splendid sculpture "The Brunanburh Viking". Poulton Hall may mark the site of "Bruna's Burh or Fortress" which would have kept an eye on the Viking settlements in the North West sector of the Wirral across the "border" - the River Dibbin
1. January 20th, "Merseysides Viking Heritage: DNA analysis in Archaeology" (Merseyside Archaeological Society). Liverpool University Department of Continuing Education, 7.30pm.
March 14th, LR3
April 2nd, Melrose Hall, Hoylake,
Wirral, 10.30am (after AGM of Friends of Hoylake and
April 30th, May1st and May2nd ,
July 30th and July 31st,
Sunday August 14th,
Wednesday evening, October 12th, Thorsteinn's
farmstead - Thurstaston.
Wednesday evening, November 23rd,
13. Tuesday December 13th, University of Leicester. Inaugural Professoriate lecture "Beyond Sex: Human Evolution and the Weirdness of the Y Chromosome", Professor Mark Jobling, Professor of Genetics.
1. February 26, York. Final day of the 12 day Jorvik Viking Festival. An event traditionally raided by The Wirhalh Skip Felag.
2. Wednesday March 1st, University of Nottingham, Arts Centre Lecture Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, 6pm. Inaugural Professoriate lecture "The Nine Skills of Earl Rögnavladr of Orkney", Professor Judith Jesch, Professor of Viking Studies.
3. Saturday, 29th April, 3pm: Tranmere Rovers play Milton Keynes Dons (Away), Coca Cola League 1: Postscript (added 30th April): Tranmere avoids relegation with a 2-1 win.
4. Saturday April 29th, - Monday May 1st. For those forces not going to support/defend Tranmere at Ragnarok: Thurstaston National show on the May Bank Holiday weekend, at Thorsteinn's farmstead (Thurstaston) and beautiful beach. Will include battles, living-history exhibit. There will be a ship burning on the Saturday evening (at approx. 7pm). View last years burning. Postcript: please see these excellent photographs taken on 29/4/06 by Jan Peddie. Thanks Jan!.
5. Monday 7th August - Friday 11th August, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum: VIKINGS WEEK. Back by popular demand… the Vikings from the Wirhalh Skip Felag are at the Boat Museum for a week of fun workshops.
6. Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th August, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum: VIKINGS TENTED VILLAGE. The Vikings will be camping overnight in their tented village and will be offering activities and workshops during the day.
7. Monday September 11th: Presentation of 1453/4 ancient Charter to "The Wro" (Old Norse "vra" - "corner") wine bar, West Kirby.
8. Monday 2nd October 2006, 7.30pm, BBC North West: The Wirral Vikings! Programme about the Wirhalh Skip Felag: see TV Broadcasts on main page for download.
9. Tuesday 10th October 2006 8.30pm gmt and repeated Wednesday 11th October 2006 1.30pm gmt and Saturday 14th October 9.30pm gmt. TV Broadcast on the History Channel (UK): LOST TREASURES: VIKINGS! (Wirral, Lancashire and the Isle of Man) Sky 561, NTL 404/138, Telewest 234. Astra 2D 28.2°E, Astra 1D 23.5°E, Arabsat 1D 26.0°E, and Eutelsat W3A 7.0°E. Check King of Sat to find the appropriate Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol Rate and FEC settings (simply type in "The History Channel" in the search box): see TV Broadcasts above for download.
10. Tuesday December 12th: "Vikings in Wirral" web resource for Schools and Adult Education is being officially launched by the Wirral Learning Grid with Mike McCartney (Wirral's Cultural Ambassador) at the Belmont Suite, Tranmere Rovers (7-9pm). The new hardback edition of Ingimund's Saga will also be launched.
1. Tuesday 27th February, University of Chester History Society “Vikings in Wirral” (7.30pm) Parkgate Road Campus, Lecture by Stephen Harding.
2. Tuesday 13th March 2007 12.30pm and 7.30pm gmt, The History Channel (UK): LOST TREASURES: VIKINGS! Mark Olly and Stephen Harding go in search of Viking Treasures in Lancashire, Isle of Man and Wirral, Sunday 22nd April 2.30pm gmt, The History Channel (UK): LOST TREASURES: VIKINGS! Mark Olly and Stephen Harding go in search of Viking Treasures in Lancashire, Isle of Man and Wirral. Sky 561, NTL 504/138, Telewest 234. Astra 2D 28.2°E, Astra 1D 23.5°E, Arabsat 1D 26.0°E, and Eutelsat W3A 7.0°E. Check King of Sat to find the appropriate Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol Rate and FEC settings (simply type in "The History Channel" in the search box). Will be further repeated.
3. Saturday 28th April, New Hall, University of Leicester (10am -5pm) Midland Vikings Symposium: “On the trail of the Vikings: from snails to tales”. A joint event of the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham. For more information, contact Dr Jayne Carroll, Department of English, University of Leicester, 0116 252 2199, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please Download Form. Speakers include Professor Mark Jobling, who will talk about ‘Fishing in the gene pool for Vikings’.
4. Saturday July 28th. WIRRAL VIKING CHURCHES HERITAGE WALK between St. Bridget’s West Kirby and St. Mary and St. Helen’s in Neston. 8 miles (12km). Please contact us if you wish to join us.
5. Monday, 22nd October. North Wirral Rotary Club, Thurstaston: Vikings in Wirral.
6. Tuesday 27th (Lancashire Day), David Lloyd Leisure Centre, Knowsley. Celebration of the publication of the final results of the 5-year Viking genetic survey of Wirral and West Lancashire. PRESS RELEASE 27th NOVEMBER.
7. Thursday 29th November – Sunday 2nd December. ICE2007: Celebrating Liverpool and Merseysides Cultural links with the Nordic Countries. ICE2007 has as part of its program a Film and documentary festival, Visual Art and Photography, Architecture, Theatre, Food and Music is to build partnerships between various Arts and Cultural organisations and individuals. There will also be two short story competitions being organised for schools, one for 12 years and younger the other for 12-16. The judges will be Mike McCartney and Icelandic Book-Prize winner Andri-Snaer Magnason and the winners with parents will be taken to Iceland courtesy of Icelandair.
8. Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December, Vikings in the 21st Century, University of Birmingham.
1. Tuesday 5th February 2008, St. Bridget’s Community Centre, West Kirby, 7.30pm. First Tuesday St. Bridget’s Centre Appeal Lecture: Using Modern Genetics with Old Surnames to Excavate Wirral’s Viking Past. A lecture by Stephen Harding on the the Wirral and West Lancashire Viking DNA Project 2002-2007. Tickets £5 on the door or from Pipe Dreams in Banks Road. Proceeds go to the St Bridget’s Community Centre Appeal. Read more here. Tilskuere: 259.
2. Wednesday April 23rd, National Science Building (Askja), University of Iceland, Reykjavik. Seminar by Prof. Stephen Harding 4pm: FISHING FOR ICELANDIC GENES IN OLD LIVERPOOL: The Saga of Norwegian Settlers in Merseyside around 900 AD.
3. Saturday April 26th, 10.00am - Midlands Viking Symposium, University of Nottingham, Lakeside Arts Centre 10-5. Viking Ways: Bones to Berserks.
4. Wednesday 4th June. AGM Talk, ITPAS (Irby, Thurstaston and Pensby Amenity Society), St. Chad’s Church, Irby 7.15pm. A Viking Heritage Trail for Wirral – a lecture by Steve Harding. More information. Tilskuere: 85.
5. Saturday July 12th 3.00pm, Tranmere Rovers play Liverpool at the Tranmere Stadium (Prenton Park): pre-season Friendly. For details about Tranmere – the only football team in England with a Norwegian Viking name - see links below for directions etc. Please see the fixture list of games here. Most games are pay on arrival and are very reasonably priced, particularly for families. All-ticket games will be announced here. Scandinavian supporters coming from Oslo Torp to Liverpool John Lennon please see the link to Ryan air. (Flights leave Torp, 21.50 weekdays arrive 22.45, return leaves 14.30, arrives Torp 22.45. Sunday flight leaves Torp 22.15, arrives 23.10; return leaves 14.55, arrives Torp 17.45). Norwegian Airlines also run flights from Bergen to Manchester. THIS MATCH IS ALSO BEING SCREENED LIVE ON SENTANTA SPORTS. Tilskuere: 15000.
6. Sunday July 20th: ITV1 Granada, 6.00pm. LOST TREASURES: NEW BLOOD OF VIKINGS. King of Sat gives the following Satellite details for the appropriate Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol Rate and FEC settings: Astra 2D 28.2°E. 10758.00V. 22000 5/6.
7. Saturday July 26th 2008. OLSOK08: WIRRAL – CHESTER VIKING PILGRIMAGE. This year’s Olsok Pilgrimage/ Viking Churches Heritage Walk to commemorate St. Olav Haraldsson, patron saint of Norway and St. Olav’s Day will go from St. Mary and St. Helen’s in Neston (Nesstún) to St. Olave’s in Chester (13 miles or 20km), starting at 9am. FURTHER DETAILS AND CONTACT INFORMATION.
8. Sunday August 3rd: ITV1 Granada, 5.30pm. LOST TREASURES: ONGLES EYJAR (ANGLESEY). King of Sat gives the following Satellite details for the appropriate Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol Rate and FEC settings: Astra 2D 28.2°E. 10758.00V. 22000 5/6.
9. Sunday August 31st: ITV1 Granada, 6.00pm. FRED’S FAMILY WALKS: Episode 3. Fred Takes us for a walk through Little Scandinavia. ITV Weatherman Fred Talbot explores parts of Viking Wirral with Steve Harding. King of Sat gives the following Satellite details for the appropriate Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol Rate and FEC settings: Astra 2D 28.2°E. 10758.00V. 22000 5/6.
10. Monday September 15th, 6pm: The History Channel (UK): LOST TREASURES: VIKINGS. Mark Olly and Steve Harding go in search of Viking Treasures in Lancashire, Isle of Man and Wirral: Sky 561, NTL 504/138, Telewest 234. Astra 2D 28.2°E, Astra 1D 23.5°E, Arabsat 1D 26.0°E, and Eutelsat W3A 7.0°E. Check King of Sat to find the appropriate Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol Rate and FEC settings (simply type in "The History Channel" in the search box). Locate TV. Repeated 7pm on History +1 Channel and on the History Channel Tuesday 16th September 2am (3am History +1), 7am (8am) and finally 1pm (2pm). Part 1 (11min) before the break and Part 2 (11min) after the break.
11. Thursday 16th October, Merseyside Archaeological Society. Talk by Dr. Roger White on the Neston cross fragments.
12. Wednesday 12th November 2008, Family History Society of Cheshire West Kirby Group, 2pm, Westbourne Hall Community Centre, West Kirby. Scandinavian Wirral: The Wirral and West Lancashire Viking DNA Project 2002-2007 – a lecture by Stephen Harding. Admission: £1.
13. Saturday, 22nd November 2008. Vikings in the North West: Maritime Museum, Liverpool. Archaeology meeting to celebrate the discovery of the Huxley Hoard found near Chester four years previous.
14. NICE08/LiNC DNA events (25th/26th November):
15. Tuesday, 25th November 2008. NICE08 Schools DNA Workshops (Bishop Wilson School, Neston at 11am; Lady Immaculate School, Everton Valley at 2pm)
16. Tuesday, 25th November 2008. LiNC Talk: “DNA and the Vikings of Old Merseyside”. Speaker: Stephen Harding. Venue: Scandinavian Church, 138 Park Lane Liverpool, L1 8HG, 7.45pm. Admission £3 (covers refreshments).
17. Wednesday 26th November 2008 11am-1pm. Scandinavian Consuls “Viking DNA Challenge”. The Scandinavian Consuls in Liverpool (Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic and Swedish) are all from the UK – but whose (Y-chromosomal) DNA is the most Viking? Peter Copland, Norwegian consul, challenges his colleague.
18. Wednesday 26th November 2008 2pm-5pm. “How much of a Viking are you?”: DNA testing event for members of the Public. Venue: Scandinavian Church, Park Lane, Liverpool. This was covered by ITV1 Granada Reports, 26th November 2008 (3 min): Andy Bonner reports on the Scandinavian Consuls DNA challenge as part of the Nordic Festival on Merseyside (20-30th November) – and has his own Y-DNA tested. ITVclip.
1. Saturday 3rd January 8pm (GMT), BBC2. Neil Oliver gave the Scottish perspective on the Battle of Brunanburh - and emphasized its importance for the UK. “The Last of the Free: At the dawn of the first millennia there was no Scotland or England. In the first episode of this landmark series, Neil Oliver revealed the mystery of how the Gaelic Scottish Kingdom - Alba - was born, and why its role in one of the greatest battles ever fought on British soil defined the shape of Britain into the modern era “. Repeat of broadcast on BBC1 Scotland in November 2008.
2. Wednesday 21st January 2009, Ormskirk. The Ruth Hurst Vose Memorial Lecture of the West Lancashire Heritage Association was given to around 70 members and friends on 21st January by Judith Jesch, Professor of Viking Studies at Nottingham University. Read this report.
3. Wednesday 4th February 2009. Steve Harding gave a presentation at the Grosvenor Museum Chester (hosted by the Chester Archaeological Society) at 7.30pm: “Fishing for Vikings in the gene pool of old Merseyside”.
4. Saturday 7 February 2009. Prof. Mark Jobling spoke at the Archaeology Festival, Cardiff. “Magic bullet or blank? What genetics can and can’t tell us about the past”.
5. Tuesday 17th March 2009. North Wirral Probus Club, Kings Gap Hoylake (Probus members only). Talk about the Viking Heritage Trail in Wirral.
6. Sunday 21st March 2009, History Channel UK, 5.30pm: Lost Treasures: Vikings – Mark and Steve go in search of Viking treasure in North Lancs, Isle of Man and Wirral.
7. Monday 22nd March 2009, History Channel UK, 4.30am: Lost Treasures: Vikings – Mark and Steve go in search of Viking treasure in North Lancs, Isle of Man and Wirral.
8. Monday October 12th, Wallasey Central Library, 2.30-4pm. Wirral Bookfest Talk: Viking Wirral and Viking Genes. Free admission. For details telephone 0151 639 2334. Lecture Part One. Lecture Part Two. (Courtesy of Alan Parker)
9. Saturday October 24th, Lytham St. Annes: Council for British Archaeology North-West Regional Group Conference. Speakers include Andrew Breeze, Nick Higham, Steve Harding, Rob Philpott, Peter Carrington and Mike Nevel.
10. Monday December 28th: Tranmere Rovers – the only football team in England with a Norwegian Viking name (Trani-melr meaning cranes or herons at a sandbank) play Carlisle United, “The Cumbrians” at the Tranmere Stadium, Prenton Park, kick off 3pm (English League One). See links below for directions etc. and tickets
1. Monday March 1st 2010 6pm. University of Nottingham Institute for Medieval Research Lecture by Michael Wood. Saxons Vikings and Celts: The Reign of Athelstan (925-39) and the Creation of England. An illustrated talk about kingship, learning and warfare in the Viking Age. Room B63, Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park, Nottingham. No ticket required, all welcome.
2. Saturday May 1st – May Day 2010: Tranmere Rovers – the only football team in England with a Norwegian Viking name (Trani-melr meaning cranes or herons at a sandbank) play Milwall, “The Lions”, at the Tranmere Stadium, Prenton Park, kick off 3pm (English League 1). See links below for directions etc. No advance ticket required - pay at the ground.
3. UNVEILING OF THE MEOLS PARK VIKING INFORMATION BOARD – by new Wirral West MP Esther McVey. Saturday 15th May, 2010, Meols Park 11.30am.
5. Saturday July 17th 2010: Archaeological Festival Day, Tam O’Shanter Farm, Bidston, Wirral.
6. Saturday July 31st 2010: St. OLAVE’s Wirral – Chester VIKING WALK AND PILGRIMAGE. 13 mile walk/pilgrimage to commemorate St. Olav Haraldsson, patron saint of Norway and St. Olav’s Day will go from Neston, Wirral to St. Olave’s in Chester.
7. September 2010 – January 2011. Chester Viking Festival and Exhibition.
8. November 2010 - Launch of the book VIKING DNA. The Wirral and West Lancashire Project by S. Harding, M. Jobling and T. King (Countyvise, Wirral, with Foreword by Michael Wood). Another book Vikingblod by S. Harding and S. Vaagan (Hermon Press, Oslo) is due to follow in November 2011.
9. 18th November – 2nd December 2010. NICE2010 (Nordic Cultural Events Festival in North-west England): organizer Ingi-Thor Jonsson
10. Saturday 20th November 2010. Chester Viking Conference: "In Search of the Vikings", Grosvenor Museum, Chester: organizers Elizabeth Royles and Steve Harding.
1. Monday 28th February – 14th March 2011 (for 2 weeks). From Iceland to Viking Wirral – Exhibition of Paintings by West Kirby’s Sylvia Hikins, at the Scandinavian Church, Park Lane, Liverpool.
2. BBC Radio Merseyside - Roger Phillips and Steve Harding have a general chat about Vikings on Merseyside: Part 1 Sunday 29th May, 5 - 5.30pm; Part 2 Wednesday 1st June 2011, 9 - 9.30pm.
3. Friday 29th July 2011 (St Olav’s Day). St. OLAVE’s Wirral – Chester VIKING WALK AND PILGRIMAGE. 13 mile walk/pilgrimage to commemorate St. Olav Haraldsson, patron saint of Norway and St. Olav’s Day will go from Neston, Wirral to St. Olave’s in Chester.
4. Tuesday 11th October 2011. Wirral Bookfest event, Birkenhead Central Library: Viking Wirral and the Dragon Harald Fairhair Longship project, 2pm. Download a transcript of the lecture
5. Friday evening 18th November 2011, BBC Radio Merseyside. Steve tries to persuade RM’s Roger Phillips to become a Tranmere fan as part of BBC’s Children in Need, live on air, Radio Merseyside.
6. 2nd December 2011. Release of Vikingblod - spor av vikinger i Nordvest-England by S. Harding and S. Vaagan (Hermon Press, Oslo).
1. Monday 9th January, Liverpool Victoria Boat Club, Wallasey Docks, Wirral. Viking Wirral and the Draken Harald Fairhair Longship project, 2.30pm. To be attended by the Mayor of Wirral. Download pdf of talk.
2. Wednesday 1st February 2012. Viking Wirral and the Battle of Brunanburh. St. Bridget’s Church West Kirby, 7.30pm. Raising money for the St. Bridget’s Community Centre appeal. Tickets £5 (Children £2.50). Further information. Postscript – a full church with ~250 people raised £1329 for the Appeal. Download pdf of talk.
3. Wednesday 29th February 2012. Viking Irby. Irby Library 7pm.
5. Friday 20th April 2012. Viking DNA in Lancashire. Lancashire Archaeological Society, Fulwood United Reformed Church, Symonds Road, Fulwood, Preston, 7.45pm.
6. Sunday 22nd April 2012. Ormr, Skjaldmarr, Tharaldr & co!. St. Georges Day Lunch speech, West Lancashire Heritage Association, Hurlston Hall Golf Club, Scarisbrick, 12.30.
7. Saturday 5th May 2012. Tranmere Rovers – the only football team in England with a Norwegian Viking name - play Scunthorpe United, kick off 3pm (English League 1).
8. Tuesday 15th May 2012. The Valley of the Raven: Viking Barnston! Barnston Conservation Society. Barnston Primary School, Sandham Grove, Barnston, 7.30pm. Enquiries to Don McCubbin at email@example.com
9. Thursday 17th May 2012. Celebration of Norway’s National Day, Liverpool (organized by the Scandinavian Church, Liverpool). Enquiries to Stan & Mette Royden at firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Saturday 19th May 2012. Norwegian Constitutional Day talk, Wallasey Central Library, 3pm “The Vikings and the history they hold on the Wirral”. Enquiries to Elaine Wilson at email@example.com
12. Wednesday 6th June 2012. Launch of Vikingblod, Gravdahl Bookshop, Hamar, 6pm. To reserve a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org
13. Friday 15th June 2012. 10.30am. Official unveiling of the Thingwall signposts by Esther McVey MP. Broadcast on ITV1 GranadaReports, Friday 15th June 2012, 8pm.
15. Sunday 29th July (St. Olav’s Day) St. OLAVE’s VIKING HERITAGE WALK AND PILGRIMAGE. 8 mile walk/pilgrimage to commemorate St. Olav Haraldsson, patron saint of Norway. St. Bridget’s, West Kirby to St. Mary & St. Helen Neston (meet 11.30 outside St. Bridget’s for 12 noon start). If you would like to take part contact Prof. Steve Harding.
16. Tuesday 31st July 2012. Tranmere Rovers – the only football team in England with a Norwegian Viking name - play Everton, 7.30pm (Liverpool Senior Cup Final)
17. Tuesday 18th September 2012. Start of a new Course on Viking Wirral. The Workers' Educational Association (WEA) are offering a course entitled 'Viking Wirral' with course tutor Heather Butler, commencing Tuesday 18th September 2012 between 7pm & 9pm at St. Bridget's Centre, West Kirby, Wirral. For further details please contact the WEA on 0151 243 5340 or simply attend the first session.
18. Thursday 11th October 2012. Wirral Bookfest event, Bebington Library: Arni, Ketil, Toki, Sigridr, Gunnhild, Ingrid & co: The men and women of Viking Wirral.
19. Saturday 24th November 2012. Christmas Bazaar, Scandinavian Church, Park Lane, Liverpool, 10am (opened this year by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips).
20. Friday 7th December 2012. St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. Norwegian Christmas Concert (The Thing Helseth Quintet), 7.30pm.
21. Wednesday 12th December 2012. Hoylake Historical Society (Westbourne Hall, West Kirby, 7.45pm) Viking Wirral and the Draken Harald Harfagre Longship.
22. Tuesday 18th December 2012. Rendell Building, Lecture Theatre 7, University of Liverpool 9am-5.20pm. Theoretical Archaeology Group Meeting “Identities Lost and Found: Interdisciplinary approaches to identity in the Viking Diaspora”. Talks by Judith Jesch, Oliver Harris, Howard Williams, Clive Tolley, Turi King, Steve Harding, Elise Naumann, Jennifer Jones & colleagues and James Barratt. Registration Details (£55/ £35).