What makes a hero? Power, bravery, determination? Learn about how the Vikings viewed heroism. Who were the real and mythical heroes of the Viking Age?

In this compelling exhibition, discover some of the real-life hero ‘celebrities’ of the Viking world. Learn about Eric Bloodaxe – last Viking King of York, Harald Hardrada – the thunderbolt of the North, and Lathgertha – a semi-legendary warrior woman. Historical and archaeological evidence helps explore the idea of heroism in the Viking Age, as well as looking at how we celebrate and commemorate them in their time and ours.

Visitors can see Viking-age human remains showing battle injuries, including one skull that is accompanied by a facial reconstruction. Step inside our impressive replica Oseberg tent to be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of a Viking encampment, or delve into the world of Norse myths with our themed family friendly content.

“When we hosted an exhibition from the JORVIK Group, the tour was meticulously organised and the staff were wonderful to have around during the install and de-install. They were efficient, thorough, friendly and polite. They communicated with our staff throughout and were happy to accommodate the Gallery’s requirements. A pleasure to work with.”

Carol Thompson,

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Heroes Technical Specifications

Our exhibitions are designed for spaces between 150 and 200 square metres. However, the nature of our exhibitions allows for them to be adapted to fit smaller or larger spaces, with a bespoke design for your venue included as standard.

The exact exhibition content is reviewed on a venue-by-venue by basis. Previous exhibitions have included:

  • A selection of original artefacts
  • Showpiece item
  • Themed family-friendly area with activities
  • Interpretation panels and labels
  • Bespoke site-specific content
  • Replica items
  • AV material

Please note that due to the nature of the original artefacts provided, including human remains, certain environmental and display criteria will apply. Full details of these will be provided by our curatorial team.

For more information please see our Essential Information page here. 

Get in Touch

To see how we can work with your venue, please contact Chris Tuckley, Head of Interpretation and Learning, [email protected]