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… but you can still enjoy these activities, downloads, videos and audio recordings about Viking life and culture!

Scroll down for lots of content for children (including educational activities and videos), fascinating information about the Vikings and vintage video and audio from the original Coppergate excavation.

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We hope to re-open on 11th July, if government guidelines allow us to do so, and you can pre-book tickets now. We’ll have social distancing and safety policies to make sure visits will be safe and enjoyable for all our visitors and staff, including restricting the number of people in the attraction, ensuring social distancing and extra hygiene precautions. You can read more about these new policies here.

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We are owned by York Archaeological Trust, an educational charity with a mission of ‘Building Better Lives Through Heritage’. The coronavirus crisis is causing unpredictable and significant concerns for JORVIK Viking Centre, our sister attractions and York Archaeological Trust as a whole. Our staff and visitors’ safety is our top priority. However, making our attractions safe has incurred unexpected costs, and combined with the severe ticket income loss, our future plans are under threat.

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Great for Children

Activities and downloads for little and not-so-little Vikings, all created by JORVIK's Learning Team. Check out the sections below too, about Viking History & Culture and the Coppergate excavation.

WATCH and DO: Our Viking-themed ‘Shaking Hands With The Past’ video series
Discover amazing artefacts from the Viking Age. Alongside the videos, download the Curator’s Diary activity booklet to get children thinking about what they learn. Teachers, parents and educators can follow this guide to help with these activities.

 

WATCH: Thor’s Duel with Hrungnir
Sindri, one of JORVIK’s resident skalds (storytellers), shares a story about the famous Viking god, Thor, and a peculiar Viking superstition about sharpening stones. In this tale, Sindri tells the story of how Thor challenged the strong giant, Hrungnir, to a duel. Whose side would you be on?

WATCH: Virtual Vikings: Learning about Padlocks
Join Will from our DIG team and Oddny the Viking as they discuss the use of padlocks in Viking York. The replica padlock shown in the video is based on a real find from the excavation of Viking-age finds at Coppergate in York.
Parents/teachers/educators: use this guide to do some activities alongside the padlock, comb and animal bone videos

 

WATCH: Virtual Vikings: All About Combs
Join Will from our DIG team and Oddny the Viking as they discuss the decoration of combs and their possible use as a mark of status.
Parents/teachers/educators: use this guide to do some activities alongside the padlock, comb and animal bone videos

WATCH: Virtual Vikings: Uses for Animal Bones
Join Will from our DIG team and Oddny the Viking as they discuss the many uses for animal bones in Viking York.
Parents/teachers/educators: use this guide to do some activities alongside the padlock, comb and animal bone videos

WATCH: The Archaeology of Animal Bones
Join Sarah from our DIG team as she shows you some of the animal bones we study to learn about how animals were used in the past. Discover how archaeologists identify the illnesses and injuries of the animals, learn about their age or notice changes in their development over time.

MAKE: a Viking helmet mask
Download and print at home

COLOUR: Scenes from the Viking Age
Download and print at home
Jorvik Wharf
Viking shields
Vikings on the moors
Street-sellers on Coppergate
A Viking comb
Viking artefacts
Viking people and animals

DO: Viking wordsearch

DO: Viking-themed puzzles

TRY: Viking Writing and Runes

TRY: Making your Viking name

 

Explore Viking History and Culture

Curious about Viking life? Read, watch and listen to content for adults and children alike

IMAGE GALLERY: Viking artefacts
See amazing finds from the Coppergate excavation, that reveal day-to-day life in 10th-century York

WATCH: The Viking invasion of England

WATCH: Viking Ships and Voyages

WATCH: Viking Food and Cooking with Leoba
Zoe (also known as the Viking Leoba) is a member of our JORVIK Viking Centre team – join her as she explores the interesting topic of Viking food and cooking.

WATCH: Viking Pottery with Wulfruna
Fiona (also known as the Viking Wulfruna) is a member of our JORVIK Viking Centre team- join her as she discusses the remains of Viking pottery found in York and how it brings us closer to understanding the lives of the Vikings.

WATCH: Viking music and instruments
Watch re-enactors sing and play replica Viking instruments, in the style we think the Norse would have used 1000 years ago.

READ: The Three Kings of Viking York

READ: The Viking City of Jorvik
Why not do these colouring sheets of the Jorvik wharf scene and the street-sellers of Coppergate

READ: The Viking capture of York

READ: Viking place names and personal names
Plus try the Viking writing and runes activity

READ: Viking weapons
Plus download and make a Viking helmet mask

READ: Who were the Vikings?

READ: Where did the Vikings come from?

READ: How did the Vikings live?

READ: Viking place names in the world around us

READ: The people you might have met in Jorvik
As exhibited at JORVIK Viking Centre

READ: The flora and fauna of Viking-age York

READ: Viking houses

READ: Viking foreign trade

READ: Viking coins and coin-making
Plus explore our image gallery of artefacts to do with trade and commerce

READ: Viking ships and sea-faring
Plus watch the video above

READ: Viking dress
Plus explore our image gallery of fashion artefacts, and do this colouring sheet

READ: Viking textiles

READ: Viking jewellery
Plus explore our image gallery of fashion artefacts

READ: Viking glass

READ: Domestic animals in the Viking Age

READ: Wildlife of Jorvik

READ: Written sources for the Viking Age

READ: Runes in the Viking Age
Plus try the Viking writing and runes activity

Discover the Coppergate Excavation

See the faces and hear the voices of the people who were at the once-in-a-lifetime excavation that uncovered 10th-century Jorvik

LISTEN: Voices from Coppergate
Hear from the people who excavated and conserved the Viking city in the late 70s and early 80s (4 clips)

WATCH: The Timbers of Coppergate
Some of the best-preserved Viking timbers ever found

 

WATCH: The Coppergate Helmet (2 hours 15 minutes)
An in-depth look at the discovery, excavation and preservation of the astonishing helmet found at Coppergate, now on display at the Yorkshire Museum.

WATCH: The Vikings Return
An extract from a 1984 documentary about the opening of JORVIK Viking Centre, explaining how the settlement was reconstructed. JORVIK has changed a lot since then!

WATCH: The Vikings Return
An extract from a 1984 documentary about the opening of JORVIK Viking Centre, with Dr Peter Addyman describing the race against time to excavate and preserve precious artefacts and knowledge.

WATCH: Legendary TV presenter Magnus Magnusson talks about his involvement with the dig

READ: The Time Tunnel – how did we go back in time?

READ: Preserving the finds of Coppergate

WATCH: Prince Charles visits the Coppergate dig (no audio)

 

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