Annual Viking invasion sees crowds flock to Royston’s district museum

PUBLISHED: 10:08 21 August 2017

Orjan Westin and his son Ulf battle it out.  Picture: Clive Porter

Orjan Westin and his son Ulf battle it out. Picture: Clive Porter

Clive Porter

Royston’s district museum was taken over Norse-style at the weekend, with children and re-enactors getting stuck into Viking-themed activities.

Ewan Brett from Royston taking part in the Viking fun. Picture: Clive PorterEwan Brett from Royston taking part in the Viking fun. Picture: Clive Porter

Visitors enjoyed learning about battle techniques and what life was like in a mock-up Viking settlement in the museum’s courtyard.

Heydon re-enactment group Gesithas Herrod of the Vikings didn’t disappoint, as they demonstrated the different weapons of the time and let people try on their armour.

Museum curator Jenny Oxley said: “Thank you to everyone who has visited the museum over the summer holidays so far. We’ve been really busy, and it’s been so nice seeing families enjoying the museum and learning more about the town’s history.

Samuel Hooper with his model Viking longboat.Picture: Clive PorterSamuel Hooper with his model Viking longboat.Picture: Clive Porter

“Events like the Viking Day help to bring history to life in a really fun, hands-on way.”

Inside, was a hive of activity with different crafts including making Viking longboats, rune puzzles and brooch making.

The museum in Lower King Street still has lots of activities on over the summer, including ‘crafty Wednesday’ sessions from 10.30am to 12 noon – where the upcoming themes are Hot Wheels and Tudors & Stuarts.

Ash Butterworth in his Coracle. Picture: Clive PorterAsh Butterworth in his Coracle. Picture: Clive Porter

There is also a free storytelling and craft session this Saturday, with Orwell author Ute Sproulle – who will read her book Max’s Marvellous Journey to the Moon.

To find out about more upcoming events at the museum, search ‘Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery’ on Facebook or go to


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