Viking and Anglo Saxon Workshops

For Schools, Clubs and Museums

“Just had the most amazing day with Njal. An absolutely action packed superb day! So much hands on experience for the children. An amazing learning experience all packed into one day. We sailed the oceans, fought battles, raided monasteries, made bread, analysed viking hoards , worked on the forge, made linen… the list goes on! Njal was superb. He taught them everything they needed to know about Vikings and more. I will definitely rebook next year. I cannot recommend this enriching experience highly enough!! It’s a must!”

~Sara Peters, Autumn 2015

 

NEW VISITORS FOR 2017

 

Lots of changes this year with more quality visitors coming on board to extend our geographical range, but still keep the costs down for schools. If you’re looking for highly experienced, authentically presented, professional visitors presenting fun, exciting and inspiring workshops, then look no further!

Isle of Wight and South Coast

Ragnar Starkasson

Derek Rowell

Derek Rowell, aka Ragnar Starkasson

Derek Rowell, aka Ragnar Starkasson

With many years of re-enactment experience and a wide ranging crafts background including leatherwork and glass-blowing, Dez (as he’s known to his friends) runs the Wihthrafn (White Raven) Re-enactment Group on the Isle of Wight. A regular at events from the annual Battle of Hastings re-enactment to Corfe Castle, Dez has also travelled Scandinavia to see the evidence first hand, and has worked the Bukkoy Viking Festival in Norway. Dez brings his experience and enthusiasm to the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, Hampshire and Dorset areas.

Central England


Bjorn Albrechtsöhn/Gyrth Albrechtsöhn

Chris Abrams

Chris Abrams on the Helga Ask Viking Ship

Chris Abrams on the Helga Ask Viking Ship

Another highly experienced visitor, Chris was the Battle Captain for the international re-enactment society “The Vikings” for several years and now runs their media arm, Action Warrior Solutions, which provides actors for film, TV and publicity events all over the country. Almost more famous now than Ragnar Lothbrok, He was also the cover star of this autumn’s English Heritage magazine featuring the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings! He recently learned to sail a real Viking ship, training at the Roskilde Viking museum in Denmark, and so can give the children real first-hand stories of the arduous yet exhilarating life of a Viking sailor. Chris has been working as a school visitor for many years and also is experienced with children with SENs. Chris covers Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas.
 

Cumbria


Bjarni Thorvaldrson/Brother Mellitus

Terry Harvey-Chadwick

Bjarni Thorvaldrson aka Terry Harvey-Chadwick

Bjarni Thorvaldrson aka Terry Harvey-Chadwick

Terry is the worlds first (and as far as we know, only) Science Viking! A qualified secondary school science teacher, he used to teach all science subjects up to GCSE and Biology to A Level and used to include unusual demonstrations in his science lessons, including swords! You’d be surprised how useful a sword can be in lessons, and not just to keep the kids under control. He still, occasionally, does a stint in Cumbrian secondary schools as a supply teacher, just to keep his hand in.

SV (Science Viking) Educational Services was born as a way to tie his teaching experience together with his love of historical re-enactment, as he started to acquire an appreciation of how these two supposedly very different subjects actually came together very well. History of science is rather neglected in schools and, when it is mentioned, is usually totally misrepresented and inaccurate, and is rarely seen at larger STEM events. As such he is developing a series of characters to give displays and workshops about various periods in history, with a focus throughout on how science was important, even when it was not recognised as a method in itself.

During the last three years, Terry has appeared on TV as Professor Boffin on Britain’s Got Talent, and the Science Viking on Some Boffin’s Telling Jokes, as well as being an extra in a feature film, and a model for a book illustration. He has appeared in various guises in other TV and radio productions, at history and science festivals, schools, churches and museums all over the country and abroad.

Terry covers Cumbria and the surrounding areas.

“Thank you for providing us with such an amazing invaders day yesterday. The children loved every single minute of it and we were all in awe that you could command such attention and admiration from them for a whole day! We all really, really enjoyed it so thank you for bringing such cheer to the end of term!”
~Fulham Prep School, 2015

With more years experience between us than we can count, Viking School Visits specialise in bringing Viking and Saxon costumed historical interpreters into schools, museums and community groups to run activities around the Viking and Saxon conquests of Britain, bringing the subject to life for your pupils.

“I think the children learned more in one day than we could have taught them in a whole half-term!”
~Kensington Primary, Thornton Heath, 2015

“Very informative and well structured. Lots of topics excellently covered in a short space of time with fantastic resources and artefacts. Worksheets were excellent and simple for me to use at a later date. A fantastic day which pupils could all access, they learnt a vast amount and were buzzing with excitement throughout the day.”
~Stakesby Community Primary, Whitby,2015

“I am writing to say a huge thank you to you and Julia for the amazing day last week. The effort, energy and passion that you both put into all of the activities was incredible; you had the children engaged, enthused and, at some points, spellbound!”
~Hamsey Green Primary, Surrey, 2015

Crayke, shields - edited

“The day was perfect, the kids consolidated previous knowledge and learnt so much. Very impressed. All children engaged. Excellent day!”
~Carr Manor Primary, Leeds – visited 2013, 2014

Our visitors are professionals and therefore stay up to date with the latest research in Early Medieval history.  We pride ourselves on being able to provide an authentic yet accessible experience to children and adults of all ages.

Activities are varied and fun, covering all aspects of Viking life from warfare to weaving, conquest to childcare, and we always make sure to dispel any myths along the way!

“We had a fantastic day – the children have all written you letters which I just need to post. We had open evening last night and all the parents were full of praise for how much the kids had enjoyed the day and how much they had learned – thank you again!”
~Ryarsh School, Kent, visited in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

For more details of what a day involves, click on the school visits link above, or contact us to talk about your requirements and to get a no obligation quote.

We can boast a long string of satisfied customers with many schools and groups inviting us back year on year.  References can be provided by request or click here for some testimonials.

“Wonderful!  So informative and such a lively presenter – one of our favourite talks of the year!  The clients are still talking about it” – Trinity Family Centre Pensioners Group, Southend, visited 2012, 2013, 2014

We are fully insured and CRB/DBS checked, and we cover the north, south and east of England from the Borders to the south coast. Other areas may be possible by special arrangement – please email for details.

” The delivery was engaging and exciting, covering a whole range of topic foci across three classes work. There was an excellent range of vocabulary used in context where the children could understand it’s meaning. Childrens misconceptions were addressed tactfully and concisely, encouraging them to develop thinking and reasoning skills throughout the day. We will be highly recommending the event to anyone with an interest in history. We cannot describe just how much the children ( and adults ) took from the day. Thank you!!!”
Mrs Dodsworth, Thorpe Willoughby Primary School, Selby