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We have a selection of resources that will bring the Viking Age to life in your classroom and compliment your visit to JORVIK. From replica artefacts to borrow, to videos to watch in the classroom, scroll down to learn more…

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Loan Boxes

We have an exciting range of education loan boxes for you to borrow to bring a JORVIK Group learning experience into the classroom. Whether you want to look at the daily life of the Vikings or find out how archaeologists learn about Prehistoric times, our boxes of archaeological artefacts, replicas and teachers notes give you a range of resources to bring the past to life.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our Loan
Box Service to ensure that our boxes are Covid-secure and that we can support you to use them in as safe a way as possible.

Some objects – such as items of clothing – may have been removed, substituted or sealed to minimise risk of infection. All boxes are quarantined on their return to us, and cleaned with specialist equipment in accordance with government guidelines.

Viking Loan Box

Bring the Viking Age to your classroom with one of our Loan Boxes! Our Viking Loan Boxes contain real and replica artefacts that can be used to compliment a visit to JORVIK and to aid a study on the Vikings at school.

Time Period Loan Boxes

These loan boxes contain a range of replica and original artefacts which give an insight into the daily life and vivid cultures of the time period. From food production to clothing, personal possessions to pastimes, the loan box contents can be used to highlight the similarities and differences between the past and today.

Archaeology Loan Box

This loan box allows your pupils to explore the techniques used by an archaeologist when investigating finds, helping to illustrate chronology and providing plenty of opportunities for STEM learning within the context of historical enquiry.

Star Carr Mesolithic Loan Box

This box contains a variety of replica artefacts, including an example of the famous antler headdresses, to bring this exciting period to life!


The boxes cost £24 each for the first week, followed by £6 for each additional week up to a maximum of four weeks. Loan boxes have to be collected and returned to DIG: An Archaeological Adventure. Unfortunately we cannot send the boxes via post or courier.

To place a booking or view a loan box, call or email our schools reservations team on 01904 615505 or

Shaking Hands with the Past

Our fun and informative vodcast series ‘Shaking Hands with the Past’ helps pupils investigate Viking Age artefacts and are ideal for watching in the classroom. Learn more and watch them here

Souvenir Gift Packs

We offer a selection of souvenir gift bags for pupils to take home as a memento of their day. Click here for more information.


We have included the following activity and information sheets on the website to allow you to download them to your computer and print out at home. This way you can get to know even more about the Vikings in your spare time. To access the documents please click on the relevant links:

Viking Activity Pack:

The Viking City of JORVIK:

Viking Trade:

Viking Dress:

The Environment:

The Evidence:

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these files.