The Vikings have landed in London this spring!
If you’re in town this spring there’s nothing better than visiting one of the many renowned museums and galleries that central London has to offer. Situated a stone’s throw from The Montague on the Gardens is the world-class British Museum which is presenting its major new show – the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend.
You’ll be able to catch the first exhibition on the Vikings at the Museum in over 30 years, which runs until 22 June 2014, and explore the many facets of Viking life. Filled with new archaeological discoveries and never-seen-before artefacts, this is both an insightful and entertaining way to learn all about how the Vikings waged wars, raided and traded with distant lands, and managed to travel the world at the same time.
At the centre of the exhibition are the remaining timbers of the 37-metre-long Viking ship Roskilde 6 – the biggest ever found – which has been excavated from Denmark and painstakingly restored to its former glory. Now reassembled in the new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery of the Museum, visitors will be able to marvel at the spectacle and come away with a new-found sense of what it meant to be a Viking so many years ago.
We separate fact from fiction with some interesting Viking info:
They were the first to reach four continents –including America.
However the Vikings didn’t last long in America because there was only a small number who set off on the voyage and they weren’t able to sustain themselves.
They didn’t wear horns on their helmets!
Contrary to popular belief the Vikings didn’t wear horns attached to their helmets. Surviving examples of Viking headgear prove it.
Vikings were masterful seamen.
The shallow hulls of Vikings’ boats allowed them to sail all the way to Paris on the Seine (to raid it of course).
Warfare was a key part of Viking life.
Swords were as important as the men carrying them. In some instances they became more famous and legendary than their Viking warrior owners. Many were given names and garnered notoriety for their deadly qualities.
They were expert jewellers.
With a keen eye for ostentatious jewellery and ornate trinkets, Vikings were skilful jewellers. They often raided far-flung places to collect precious hoards of treasure to take home.
The Vikings’ language of Old Norse gave us plenty of everyday words we still use today like sister, egg and window.
Old Norse also produced words like ‘berserk’, which originates from Viking berserkers who used to bite their shields and whip themselves up into frenzy before going into battle. Yikes!
Take full advantage of the special BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend package, available when booking your stay at the Montague on the Gardens. The offer includes accommodation in one of the hotel’s luxurious suites, tickets to the exhibition, an in-house screening of Thor with movie snacks and afternoon tea.