Heroes | JORVIK Viking Centre

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What makes a hero? Power, bravery, determination?

In this age, where superheroes exist only in fiction, this compelling exhibition allows you to discover some of the real-life hero ‘celebrities’ of the Viking world, including Eric Bloodaxe – last Viking King of York, King Cnut the Great, Harald Bluetooth – Christian and King, and Harald Hardrada – the thunderbolt of the North.

At Heroes,

visitors can explore how they were celebrated and commemorated and what archaeological evidence can tell us about their stories, which are told through a series of display panels, a Viking Age human remains displaying the battle injuries of a warrior, replica objects, AV projection and interactive activities.

The world of Viking myth is delved into to uncover the superpowers of the Viking gods such as Thor and Odin through story and play in a themed Viking encampment children’s area, which uses saga telling, games and crafting activities to encourage all ages to find out more, as well as presenting the tales of Noggin the Nog, designed to appeal to visitors old and new.

“We enjoyed working with The JORVIK Group to bring Heroes to the Isle of Man and although the logistics can present challenges, The JORVIK Group were extremely professional, friendly and positive in helping us achieve the loan. The exhibition itself has proved very popular with our visitors and the artefacts and interpretation are complemented by the children’s area. Our younger audience have had a great time with the physical interactives and our more mature visitors have enjoyed the nostalgia of re-watching Noggin the Nog!”

Allison Fox
Curator: Archaeology – Manx National Heritage – Eiraght Ashoonagh Vannin

Exhibition Content

 Heroes includes

  • Wall mounted interpretation  panels
  • Bespoke research and panel development
  • Skeleton case &  Viking-age skeleton
  • Human bone material with labels
  • Wall mounted TV screen with AV content
  • Children’s activities
  • Themed Viking encampment
  • Projected Noggin the Nog presentation
  • Assorted props and other materials

Please note that as this exhibition includes the display of human remains, certain exhibition display and operational criteria must be observed.

The full exhibition requires 240 square meters.

Length Requirement – 24 linear meters

Height requirement – 2.44 meters

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

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).

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 costs 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 Heroes exhibition, everything from visitor consumables to marketing support:

  • Consumable supplies (initial quantities are supplied on installation):
  • Design your own Hero postcard – £400 (+ VAT) per 5,000
  • 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.