Date announced for reopening of JORVIK centre

Date Posted: 23/11/2016

The JORVIK centre in York is set to reopen on 8th April 2017 after being redeveloped.

The centre has been re-imagined after flooding caused it to close in 2015.

The new centre will offer new exhibitions and displays. Since 2015 the JORVIK collections have been touring the UK.

Exhibitions at the centre, which are currently touring, will include Power and Glory: York in the time of Henry VIII; Looking Back at Hungate, where visitors can investigate some of the artefacts discovered during the five year excavation; and Commemorating the Re-interment of Richard III.

Schools will also get to board the new ride experience which will teach them about the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society.

There will be new galleries too, with display cases giving visitors up-close views of the Viking artefacts.

Schools visiting the centre will also be able to learn about the capital of Viking Britain and how it experienced a resurgence in popularity, with new buildings erected using planks rather than wattle and daub, and traders from around the world coming to Jorvik.

At the centre, parties will get to see remains of houses that are more than 1,000 years old, objects taken from excavations, and Viking-age timbers.

There will be audio and video displays for groups to listen to and watch as they go around the new centre.

More about JORVIK

Between the years 1976 and 1981 archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood almost 1,000 years ago.

For more information visit www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

 
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