Celebrating a traditional Viking way of life at museum

Martin Way blows a traditional Viking horn at the Wallingford Museum event

Martin Way blows a traditional Viking horn at the Wallingford Museum event

First published in News

IN 1006, the Vikings swept through Wallingford and burnt the place to the ground.

Now, more than 1,000 years later, the people of the town came together to see their invaders’ culture brought to life. Wallingford Museum was home to all things Viking on Saturday as children and adults turned out to sample Viking life.

Oxford Mail:

  • Four-year-old Toby Taylor tried out the armour

Martin Way, 70, a local history lecturer from Alvescot, said: “We had a tremendous number of children and adults who turned out. We even had a Norwegian man come along, but he didn’t cause any trouble.”

He added: “From a Viking point of view people were really interested in the culture and craftmanship.”

The modern folk of Wallingford tried their hand at Viking pottery and pattern welding, a Viking technique for strengthening swords.

Mr Way made the most of the equipment, including helmets and Viking horns, which was sampled by children on the day.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

  • Our top stories

Nick Clegg launches Lib Dem election campaign in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

1:19pm Sunday 29th March 2015

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Abingdon this afternoon to launch the Liberal Democrats' campaign for the General Election.

Organisers praise dedication of OX5 runners who braved the elements

Oxford Mail:

12:58pm Sunday 29th March 2015

HUNDEREDS of people lined the gardens of Blenheim Palace on a wet and windy Sunday to cheer on the runners of today's OX5 Run.

Power cuts reported in Cumnor and Marcham

Oxford Mail: light bulb with power lines

12:14pm Sunday 29th March 2015

PEOPLE have been left without electricity this afternoon after power cuts hit Cumnor and Marcham.

Ukip opens first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

11:34am Sunday 29th March 2015

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) opened its first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon this morning.

Rail delays between Didcot and Reading reported

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

11:17am Sunday 29th March 2015

DELAYS of up to 25 minutes are being experienced by rail passengers travelling between Didcot Parkway and Reading this morning.

UPDATED: Man charged with 19 crimes against 10 people appears in court after slavery raids

Oxford Mail:

8:14am Saturday 28th March 2015

A 44-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court this morning charged with 19 offences against 10 people following Thursday's anti-slavery raids.

Related links

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree