The BP exhibition
6 March – 22 June 2014
Supported by BP
Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
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Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years.
Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found. Read press release
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The Viking Age (800–1050) was a period of major change across Europe. The Vikings expanded from their Scandinavian homelands to create an international network connecting cultures over four continents, where artistic, religious and political ideas met.
Coming to a cinema near you
Following the worldwide success of Pompeii Live from the British Museum, don’t miss the next live cinema event from this major exhibition.
A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).
Viking Adventures from the British Museum
A one-hour schools and families broadcast aimed at Key Stage 2 children aged 7–11.
Featuring iconic objects from cultures including the Vikings, Romans and Byzantines, the gallery’s centrepiece is the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo – one of the most spectacular and important discoveries in British archaeology.
19 April 2014
Odin: What a dream! I dreamt I woke at dawn to tidy Valhalla for the fallen ones; I … made the Valkyries bring wine, as a prince was coming. I’m expecting some renowned heroes from the human...
16 April 2014
Among the most fascinating things in the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend are the numerous objects from burials and graves. The way that a people treat their dead can say a lot about their...
9 April 2014
The tidal current runs to and fro […] crowded with memories of men and ships it had borne to the rest of home or to the battles of the sea. Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out...
4 April 2014
Call it perversity, but in my own research I’ve always had a taste for the unfashionable and the unglamorous areas of runic writing. I get more excited about a name scratched onto the back of a...