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Viking school visits in North West England

Specialist in Viking school visits and workshops for key stage two of the national curriculum “Invaders and settlers”.

Living history services, activities, presentations and interactive talks for classroom education and heritage sites.

Lofotr. A Viking longhouse project in Northern Scandinavia.

Hello, my name is Gary Waidson and I run Lore and Saga, a living history service and education resource.

I work with schools, museums and educational organisations to teach children about the   real life of the Vikings, their technology and beliefs.

Using first hand experience and knowledge gained from working on Viking living history projects throughout Britain and Scandinavia, I can bring this wealth of information to the pupils of your school.

Viking longships on a Norwegian fiord

There is a well known saying even older than the Vikings.

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.

I believe the best way to really understand the Vikings is to walk a few miles in their shoes.

Books, videos and web sites may contain useful information about  Viking life but little can compare to the experience of standing on the deck of a longship as it sets out across the Northern Atlantic.

Viking ship in full sail.

Most people’s image of the Vikings is coloured deep red with raids, warfare and the innocent blood of Saxon monks.

In truth the greatest battle that most Norsemen faced was to  put food on their family’s table and keep a dry roof over their heads.

The real story of the Vikings is a tale of courageous  sailors, enterprising traders, ingenious craftsmen and hard working farmers. Not just bloodthirsty and fearsome raiders.

Living in a world without the luxuries and conveniences we take for granted. these people did not just survive, they thrived and spread out, to found colonies as far afield as Russia and North America.

They left us a legacy of language, stories and culture that is as alive and vital today as it was around the hearth of their longhouses a thousand years ago.

These are the Vikings I have come to understand by living and working just as they did. This is the story of real people that I can bring to life in your classroom or hall.

School visits now form a major part of my work and based near Manchester, I am well placed to provide Viking talks, presentations and workshops to schools in the North West of England.

Viking storytelling in the longhouse at Danelaw Viking Village
Viking artefacts laid out for a funeral display.

All of my presentations are supported by a range of high quality  artefacts recreated with all the care and attention of the originals.

My half day Viking presentations or full activity days are carefully designed to meet the requirements for the “Invaders and settlers” key stage two of the national curriculum.

A Lore and Saga school visit will bring the Vikings right into the heart of your school for a truly unforgettable experience.

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