Vikings stage an invasion of Newcastle's Great North Museum: Hancock

A group of Vikings have set up camp outside the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle


Vikings have invaded the centre of Newcastle bringing families face-to-face with the Dark Ages.

The group are camped out on the lawn of the Great North Museum: Hancock where they will be eating, sleeping and living until tomorrow night.

It’s the first time The Vikings, a historical re-enactment group, have found themselves in an urban setting as they are used to more rural locations.

Svein Melrakki Haraldson - aka Steven Lines - of the Northumbria Herred of the Vikings said: “It is the first time we’ve done this type of re­enactment in the city centre of Newcastle, we were really looking forward to doing this in the middle of the city.”

Cinulp,also known as Jon Smith from Stanley, County Durham, 46 said: “We were booked by the museum to give an insight into Viking living for the summer. We arrived on Tuesday and we are here for three days.

“We do all sorts of demonstrations such as combat displays and we will be sleeping in our tents while we are here.

Viking warriors Freya Wise and Jon Smith, at the Great North Museum, in Newcastle
Viking warriors Freya Wise and Jon Smith, at the Great North Museum, in Newcastle

“We belong to the Northumbria group of The Vikings and the group consists of members from Newcastle right to the borders.”

Ingbrith Halldorswif, aka Paula Constantine, 42, from Wooler in Northumberland, said: “I’m a basket maker by trade. Both my husband and I have been Vikings for 12 years. It becomes a way of life and it takes over at home.

“It’s a fantastic community and even my children are involved. My youngest, now seven years old, first made an appearance as a Viking at nine days old when she was bathed in a bucket!

“Thanks to being attached to the museum, we get all sorts of people asking us questions and getting involved.”

Dr Sarah Glynn, manager of the museum said: “We’re super excited to see the Vikings in action on our front lawn.

“The Viking village is a part of our packed summer programme.

“The Great North Museum turned five in May so this summer we are having different themed events each week to highlight our diverse collection, from lectures on mummies to the walking munching Tiny the Stegosaurus.”

Nationally, The Vikings re-enactment group was formed in 1971 and now boasts over 1,200 members in the UK and a further 300 abroad.

See the settlement in action or for the full summer programme of events visit

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