Viking heroes unleashed at the Oxfordshire Museum

Visitors to The Oxfordshire Museum will come face-to-face with heroes of the Viking world this Saturday, when a new exhibition from York’s Jorvik Viking Centre is launched at the venue.

The Heroes - of the Viking World exhibition will give people of all ages the chance to discover some of the real-life ‘celebrities’ of the Viking world, such as last King of York Eric Bloodaxe, King Cnut the Great and Harald Hardrada – the thunderbolt of the North.

Visitors can explore how they were celebrated and what the archaeological evidence can tell us about them. Their stories are told through a series of display panels, replica objects and Viking Age human remains displaying the battle injuries of a warrior. On display will also be Viking remains from Oxfordshire’s county collections, excavated from St John’s College, Oxford.

A Viking encampment-themed children’s area examines the world of Viking myth, uncovering the superpowers of gods such as Thor and Odin through story and play. There are also games and crafting activities to encourage all ages to find out more.


Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Property and Cultural Services Lorraine Lindsay-Gale said: “This compelling exhibition allows you to discover some of the real-life heroes and colourful characters of the Viking World. With so much to see and do, there is something for everyone to enjoy and it’s well worth a visit.”

Heroes – of the Viking World runs at The Oxfordshire Museum from Saturday (1 July) to 1 October.