November 28, 2017, by Liz Goodwin

Viking invasion hits the streets of Nottingham!

Vikings invaded Nottingham’s Old Market Square this weekend as they set out on their voyage to Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

The Viking troupe asked the general public for directions to the University of Nottingham to visit the opening of the exclusive exhibition Viking: Rediscover the Legend, which opened to the public on Saturday 25 November 2017.

The Vikings travelled into the city centre via different tram routes — catching them from the park and rides from Hucknall, Phoenix Park, Clifton; and a few embarked at the Beeston stop — to congregate in Nottingham’s Old Market Square, where they approached the public for advice on how to get to the Viking exhibition. They then travelled en masse to Lakeside’s Djanogly Gallery on one of Nottingham’s Express Transit trams.

The exhibition — Viking: Rediscover the Legend — brings together nationally and internationally significant Anglo-Saxon and Viking artefacts from the British Museum and York Museums Trust, including some of the most well-known hoards ever discovered in this country. Along with current research, the exhibition provides new interpretation and a fresh perspective on how the Vikings transformed and shaped every aspect of life in Britain.

Viking: Rediscover the Legend continues until Sunday 4 March 2018 and is the centrepiece of Lakeside’s Viking programme, running until early spring 2018. Admission is free.

The Weston Gallery will be hosting Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands from 15 December 2017. The exhibition tells the tale of how the Vikings shaped the East Midlands with artefacts, maps and medieval documents, and expands on and complements Viking: Rediscover the Legend. Danelaw Saga runs until Sunday 8 April and again admission is free.

Vikings arrive by tram at the exhibition

Comparing swords at the ‘Viking: Rediscover the Legend’ exhibition

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