The Vikings set sail to Nottingham for public event

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The University of Nottingham is rounding up its successful series of Viking events with the 14th Annual Midlands Viking Symposium.

Viking enthusiasts from around the Midlands are expected to attend the one-day event, which will take place on Saturday 28 April in the Clive Granger Building on University Park in Nottingham from 10am- 5pm.

Following on from the success of the recent Viking exhibitions at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, the symposium is a further opportunity for people across the region to really explore what influence the Vikings had over the Midlands.

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Both emerging and established Viking experts will come together to explain the latest research and discoveries in the field of Viking studies.

Experts will include Professor Dawn Hadley (Sheffield/York)  talking about the Viking Great Army; Dr Richard Bell (University of Nottingham) on Wagner and Norse Mythology; and Dr Luke Murphey (the University of Leicester) talking about Odin, Thor, Frey and the Viking Pantheon.

Dr Christina Lee from the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham said: “The Vikings had such an influence on the Midlands as we know it today, and the symposium is a great way for people to learn about the impact they had in terms of place names, the landscape and artefacts discovered here.

“Following on from the recent Viking exhibitions at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, we really want to engage with members of the public and make our research accessible to everyone. There really is an appetite across the region to learn about this fascinating heritage, and we hope people will be encouraged to come along and find out more.”


Viking: Rediscover the Legend – was a collaborative exhibition between the British Museum and York Museums Trust which spent over four months at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. It featured nationally important Viking and Anglo Saxon artefacts and coincided with the Nottingham exhibition ‘Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands.’ This unique exhibition was based on research from Nottingham’s Centre for the Study of the Viking Age and gave visitors an opportunity to learn more about the heritage of Vikings in the Midlands.

Nearly 23,000 people visited ‘Rediscover the Legend’, which is the second highest total of visitors to an exhibition at Nottingham Lakeside Arts ever, and ‘Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands’ attracted over 9,000 visitors.

Dr Lee adds: “There is clearly a thirst for the Vikings, and we want to offer people a chance to understand more about them, which is why we’d encourage anyone with an interest to attend the symposium!”

Tickets cost £30 (waged) and £20 (unwaged) and lunch is included. To find out more or to book your tickets – visit the website.

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