The Anglo-Danish Society

The Vikings and Wales: Myths, Legends, Facts and Finds

When: From 3 June to 29 August 2017 

Where:Powysland Museum, 3 Canal Yd, Welshpool SY21 7AQ

Powysland Museum presents a temporary exhibition about the Vikings and Wales. It is based on two skulls, which were dug up in 1863 together with hundreds of other bones near Buttington Churchyard outside Welshpool. They were interpreted as Danish Vikings slain the the battle of Buttington in D.D. 893.

Sadly, carbon dating has shown these skulls to be of a much later date and they have therefore been stored away. However, the museum has now dusted off them and the myth they have generated and created a temporary exhibition exploring the Vikings and Wales.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey back in time looking at modern representations and exploitations of Vikings; the Viking revival in 19th century Danish arts and crafts represented in presents within the Royal family; as well as archaeological finds from Wales, Ireland, England, The Isle of Man and Denmark; followed by replicas bringing the archaeology to life.

For the exhibition the museum has borrowed objects from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Cheshire West and Chester Council,

Link to Powysland Museum


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