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Viking Talks At The Peterborough Museum

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Vivacity Heritage are delighted to announce three exciting talks as part of the ‘Vikings!’ season of events. Beginning on 31 August, these talks will be held weekly on consecutive Fridays at 7.30pm at Peterborough Museum

Tickets are available from Peterborough Museum; please email or alternatively call 01733 864663

Harald Hardrada: The Last Viking

Friday 31 August, 7.30pm

Peterborough Museum (PE1 1LF)

Discover the intriguing story of Viking King Harald Sigurdsson, often called Harald Hardrada (‘hard ruler’). Recorded in Icelandic Sagas, his exploits were the stuff of legend. Born into a Royal family, he was subsequently exiled in Kiev and Byzantium. But his return and rule of Norway, and his invasion of England in 1066, warrant him the title of ‘The Last Viking’.

Explore the watershed which marked the end of the Viking Age in England through the life of King Harald – and think again if you thought 1066 was all about Hastings! Historian Donald Chiswell gives this talk, part of Peterborough Museum’s ‘Vikings!’ season of events.

Ticket prices: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Vivacity Heritage Pass Holders £3

To book tickets contact Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663 or email

Viking Beliefs: Norse Gods and Mythology

Friday 7 September, 7.30pm

Peterborough Museum (PE1 1LF)

Find out about the myths and theology that inspired the Vikings! The Norse Gods are mythological characters that arrived in Britain with the Viking raiders. Whilst our world has changed over the following centuries their legacy remains. Thor the God of Sky – as well as Thunder and Fertility – leaves us his day (Thursday) and places – such as Thurlby, local to Peterborough (just up the road near Bourne!).

Norse mythology is not just gods, goddesses and immortals though; it also has a myriad of other characters and creatures that populate the stories including giants, dwarfs, monsters, magical animals and objects. Come and discover the legacy of the Norse raiders – the Vikings – and their Gods. Hear about the ‘Sly One’; the ‘Goddess of illicit unions’ and the ‘son of nine mothers’ and much more. Brian Jones gives this engaging talk, part of Peterborough Museum’s ‘Vikings!’ season of events.

Ticket prices: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Vivacity Heritage Pass Holders £3.

To book tickets contact Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663 or email

Vikings Rule! with Dr Sam Newton

Friday 14 September, 7.30pm

Peterborough Museum (PE1 1LF)

Join Vikings expert Dr Sam Newton for a new look at the history of the Vikings in Britain and how they helped to shape much of eastern England. Following the narrative of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the talk shall chart the history of Anglo-Scandinavian England from the time of King Alfred the Great (died 899) to the eventual triumph of the Danes under King Cnut in 1016.

Sam is an historian who has lectured widely around the country. He now works as a lecturer in Medieval and Wuffing Studies at the University of Cambridge, and as co-founder of Wuffing Education, which runs in-depth study-days in this period. He has also contributed to many television and radio programmes including numerous appearances on Channel 4’s hit archaeology programme Time Team, as well as on BBC2’s Blood of the Vikings.

Dr Sam Newton will be at Peterborough Museum this September especially to deliver this fascinating lecture, the finale of the exciting ‘Vikings!’ season of events.

Ticket prices: Adults £8, Concessions £6, Vivacity Heritage Pass Holders £6

To book tickets contact Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663 or email

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