Medieval Medicine | JORVIK Viking Centre

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intriguing exhibition

This intriguing exhibition explores the practices of those who were involved in providing care and remedies of various kinds in the Viking period and the years that followed. Physicians, barber surgeons, apothecaries and midwives, as well as churchmen and women would have used different methods to try and cure people of their ills; methods which are sometimes gruesome but always fascinating.

Artefacts and human remains

from the period shown in the exhibition reveal details about sanitation and health. The Viking city of Jorvik had cess pits for toilets, and the exhibition uncovers details about human waste found by archaeologists, revealing that whipworm and roundworm were common inhabitants of human stomachs at the time.

In a specially designed children’s area visitors can discover that pagan Vikings called on the gods Odin and Thor in times of illness. Thor’s hammer pendants have been found across the Viking world, and may once have been valued for their magical, protective properties.



In the medieval period the church took over as the main provider of care for the sick but charms, such as the bill of a white duck, were still offered to cure ailments. Games, activities and themed hands-on areas as well as specially designed Horrible Histories content created by children’s author Terry Deary, all add to the fun and interactivity.

 “We have always found it a pleasure to work with the JORVIK Group and have thought their medieval themed exhibitions to be of a consistently high quality.”

Lauren Marshall
Hall Manager & Audience Development Officer – The York Company of Merchant Adventurers

Exhibition Content

Medieval Medicine includes

  • Wall mounted interpretation panel
  • Bespoke research and panel development
  • Artefacts with labels
  • Skeleton case & medieval skeleton with leprosy
  • Period  specific costumes for display
  • Medieval themed interactive children’s area
  • ‘Rot or not’ interactive table with audio
  • Interactive props and furniture including a barber surgeons chest & apothecaries table
  • Assorted props and other materials

Take a look at past installations of Medieval Medicine in our gallery.

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

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? Visit our prices and hire page here.

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.

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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 Medieval Medicine exhibition, everything from visitor consumables to marketing support:

  • Consumable supplies ( initial quantities are supplied on installation):
  • Home cures postcard – £400 (+ VAT) per 5,000
  • 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
  • Medieval themed event packages

Please call for a quote and to discuss further:

James Carter – Head of Special Projects – / 01904 543407

Sarah Maltby – Director of Attractions – / 01904 543401

or visit our frequently asked questions page for more information.