Fearsome Craftsmen | JORVIK Viking Centre

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true spirit of the Viking Age

Vikings made ordinary things to serve their everyday needs but they decorated them with designs which reveal the true spirit of the Viking Age. This exhibition allows you to discover how these Fearsome Craftsmen working over 1,000 years ago turned simple materials into complex objects.

In this exhibition, you can see how Vikings made everything they needed from natural materials. Antler, bone and horn could be turned into combs, knife handles and jewellery. Wood was vital for everything from houses and furniture to spoons and bowls. Leather from animal hides made shoes, belts and scabbards. Smiths turned ores into iron, lead and copper. Potters made clay into pottery. Dyed and woven wool was transformed into colourful cloth.


Blacksmiths became the stuff of Viking legend. The smith Volund forged golden rings for his Valkyrie wife. The wicked smith Regin made the hero Sigurd’s wondrous sword, Gram (‘wrath’) ‘…when he drew it from the forge…it seemed as if flames were playing about the edges….’. Wielding Gram, Sigurd slew the dragon Fafnir. In our unique children’s area you can explore these stories and discover Norse myths and legends through interactive play.


“The Kirk Session of Govan and Linthouse Parish Church want to express our delight at the quality of work done by the York Archaeological Trust (The JORVIK Group) in the redisplay of the Govan Stones. The lighting and signage mean that visitors are able to wander around at their own pace and the increased publicity has already brought about an increase in the number of visitors”

Elsie WK Donald
Session Clerk – Govan and Linthouse Parish Church

Exhibition Content

Fearsome Craftsmen includes

  • Wall mounted interpretation  panels
  • Bespoke research and panel development
  • Artefacts with labels
  • Viking craftsmen scenic
  • Replica tools and crafted items
  • Wall mounted TV screen with AV content
  • Viking market stalls with children’s activities and games
  • Assorted props and other materials

What Else is Included?


  • Logos in pdf format for use on all marketing material.
  • Use of the JORVIK Group branding on approved marketing material.
  • Links from the JORVIK Group web sites (with c400,000 hits per annum).


The full exhibition requires 240 square meters.

Length requirement – 20 linear meters

Height requirement – 1.9 meters

The exhibition is modular so the content can be adapted to fit smaller or larger spaces.

Interested in installing this exhibition in your venue? See our prices and hire rates below.

Prices and hire

All costs are flexible and can be adapted to suit most budgets, please contact a member of the team to discuss options.

Guide Price:

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£12,000 + VAT3 Months
£18,000 + VAT6 Months
£25,000 + VAT12 Months

Includes installation and demounting. Note longer periods of hire (over 3 months) are negotiable.

Hirer to pay transport to the venue and Insurance (damage, theft and public liability) – to a value of £30,000

Additional Options

We also offer a range of optional extras for the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition, everything from visitor consumables to marketing support:

  • Consumable supplies (initial quantities are supplied on installation):
  • Rune stamping sheets – £200 (+ VAT) per 2,000
  • Playing pieces for Viking game – £10 each
  • Leaflet (1/3 A4) – £1,000 (+ VAT) per 20,000 (with hirers own details)
  • Staff Training – from £300 (+ VAT) per half day plus travel expenses (includes training material)
  • Marketing Strategy implementation – a number of packages are available that include advertising, PR, distribution, learning programmes, etc
  • Educational session development and training, plus loan boxes and handling collection development
  • Branded and themed shop stock on a sale or return basis
  • Viking themed event packages

Please call for a quote and to discuss further:

James Carter – Head of Special Projects – jcarter@yorkat.co.uk / 01904 543407

Sarah Maltby – Director of Attractions – smaltby@yorkat.co.uk / 01904 543401

or visit our frequently asked questions page for more information.