We were extremely excited to take part in Visit York’s new campaign, “York – The Original City Adventure“ last month and even more excited that one of the city’s most beloved attractions is set to re-open next spring.
Jorvik Viking Centre opened its doors for the first time in 1984 and has welcomed over 18 million visitors since. In the late 1970s, archaeologists revealed the remains of a Viking settlement which would have stood on the site of the museum over 1,000 years ago. The Jorvik Viking Centre provides a unique interactive experience, allowing visitors to experience what life was like in a Viking city.
This past year, the museum has been under renovation, following flooding over the Christmas 2015 period. While thankfully the artefacts were able to be saved, there was substantial damage done to the museum, including the famous ride through Coppergate, the recreated Viking street.
However, the renovations are well under way and Jorvik Viking Centre is set to re-open on the 8th of April, 2017. The renovations have been carried out in part due to a number of generous donations and support for Campaign Canute. #CampaignCanute is the museum’s fundraising initiative put in place to help generate additional funds for the re-imagining of Jorvik.
“All donations will be put towards creating new, cutting edge technological experiences within JORVIK Viking Centre. This fundraising campaign is to complement the money our insurers are putting forward to help us re-open JORVIK Viking Centre.” – jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
The campaign has received donations from people all over the world and is also supported by well-known names such as Dan Snow, Brian Blessed and Terry Deary. So far, over £37,000 of their £500,000 target has been raised. To learn more about the campaign you can visit here. To donate to a great cause and help with the reimagining of the Jorvik Viking Centre, please visit here.
Although Jorvik is under renovation, you can still experience the Vikings during your visit to York. Visitors can experience “Jorvik on Tour“, which is made up of three special exhibitions showcasing the story of the Vikings in York.
The Treasures and Belief exhibition is currently open in The Undercroft of York Minster. Here you can see artefacts on display from the Jorvik collection. The exhibition showcases the clash of the Viking’s new religion and the old.
Visitors can also see the Home and Abroad exhibition at St. Mary’s Coppergate, located next to the original Jorvik centre. Here you can immerse yourself in the everyday life of Viking and also see a replica of a Viking-age ship!
The third exhibition is Life and Death which is free to enter that the York Theatre Royal. Here you can explore medical remedies of the Viking age. For those who aren’t squeamish, you can also see how human waste has given an insight into the lives of the Vikings.
We’re really excited to see how the new Jorvik is going to look next year, and encourage you to visit the special exhibitions in the meantime. York is a fantastic city for a historical getaway and we’ll be thrilled to return and rediscover the Vikings.