Virtual Workshop: Viking Britain

Meet Frode, a former Viking raider who now serves as a successful trader in Jorvik. The year is 885 AD, and Frode and his fellow Vikings are preparing to attend a public assembly, or Thing, tomorrow. There is much work to be done before the Thing — the children must be prepared to take part!

The topics covered during the workshop include:

  • A brief history of Jorvik from Roman to Viking times
  • Viking culture and mythology
  • The Viking lifestyle, including travel, raids, farming, family life and grooming
  • How Vikings interacted with Anglo Saxons



How Do the Workshops Work?

A young woman sits behind a computer with Viking gear behind her, including a shield, a lantern, a cooking pot and sheep skins.
Teacher Victoria Ryder prepares to chat with primary school children about life in Viking Britain.

The new workshops consist of two key elements:

  • Individual activities kits for each child in your group .
  • A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers.

The workshops can take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.

Most schools find that the workshops fill half a day, although you can spread them out as you see fit.

For a small additional fee, you can add an optional hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, offers extra engagement to the day and allows the children to probe further into the learning.


What Activities are Included?

As mentioned, each child will receive an activities kit to match the video. There are a few basic supplies such as PVA glue, scissors, and pencils that the school will need to provide, but otherwise the children will receive the necessary materials to make five projects:

The projects include a hnefatafl game set, a writing sample in runes, a clay pot, a Thor's hammer amulet and a woolen braid.
Projects the children will made during a virtual Viking workshop.

For the Viking workshop:

  • Writing in runes
  • A Thor’s hammer or Christian cross amulet made of gold foil
  • A hnefatafl game set
  • A woolen braid
  • A clay pot

The workshop will also come with an information sheet for teachers, which will detail the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.


How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?

Please visit our pricing page for the latest costings.


How Do I Book a Workshop?

Please feel free to contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.

Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, you may order them at anytime. (But do allow enough time for delivery!)


Do You Offer an In-School Version of the Workshop?

Yes! Our in-school workshop explores the struggle between the Viking King Guthrum and the Saxon King Alfred at the Battle of Edington. You can learn more about it on our Dark Ages – Saxons and Vikings page.

Please be aware, however, that we operate in a limited travel area, and mileage (and possibly B&B charges) will apply. If your school is far from our offices, and/or your group is very small, a virtual workshop may be a better fit for you.

Feel free to contact us with questions and we are happy to look at options with you.