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Europe: AD 300–1100 (Room 41)
eyeOpener gallery tour / Free / Daily, 14.45 (for 30–40 minutes)
Until late 2013 this gallery will be closed for a complete redisplay.
A selection of highlights from the gallery are on display in Room 2.
Following the gradual collapse of the Western Roman Empire, Anglo-Saxons settled in England, the Vikings expanded their territories and new kingdoms were formed across Europe. Trade in the north of the continent increased under Viking influence. Towns and settlements were established and grew.
It was a period of great political change and saw Christianity established as a major religion.
Room 41 traces these developments through objects that range from everyday items to church treasures and the famous artefacts from the Anglo-Saxon ship-burial at Sutton Hoo.