Vikings in Norwich - 1000 years on

A different side of the mighty Vikings will be seen in Norwich in September with theatre, music, crafts and only a hint of their violent nature.

A different side of the mighty Vikings will be seen in Norwich in September with theatre, music, crafts and only a hint of their violent nature.

Members of the Anglo Saxon and Viking Research Unit (ASVRU) have organised a series of events to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of Swein's sacking of Norwich.

But instead of the usual portrayal of violence and thuggery, a more creative side of the blond-haired invaders will be on display.

“We are trying to get away from the Hollywood presentation of Vikings of hooligans. Of course, war was endemic during the Viking period but they were also about much more than just that,” said Keith Farwell a director of ASVRU.


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“We have had fantastic support and want to encourage everyone, even those with no interest in Vikings, to come along.”

With the help of Norwich Castle, Anglia Square, the Inspire Centre and the Puppet Theatre, the charity has managed to organise a month of activities funded by fellow director Paul Scruton.

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Every Saturday in September, visitors to Anglia Square can watch authentic Anglo-Saxon texts performed between. A shop has also been set up in the square for the duration, where artist in residence Jack Godfrey will be painting a mural to be displayed in the new Viking gallery at Norwich Castle.

On September 18 and 19 at 2.30pm, Norwich Puppet Theatre has organised the group Cornelius and Jones to present the story of Thor with tickets available at the box office. In the morning there will be chance to join a workshop to make masks and puppets.

Three beautiful films by Icelander Hrafn Gunnlaugson will be shown on September 9 and 15 at 7.30pm at the King of Hearts.

While for those interested in the science of the Vikings, a visit to the Inspire Hands-On Science Centre is on offer on September 4, 11 and 18.

The month will end with a dramatic burning of a longship on October 1.

For more information about all the events visit www.norwichoverthewater.org.uk

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