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Return of the Vikings

Return of the Vikings ~ JORVIK Viking Centre
The year is AD960 and the last Viking King in Jorvik, Eric Bloodaxe, has been banished. The city is thriving with a flourishing manufacturing centre and wide trading links. There are new buildings, new peoples and new stories to be told...

The world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre will reopen on Saturday 8th April 2017 after a multi-million pound re-imagining.

Hop aboard JORVIK’s improved ride experience and be transported back in time over 1,000 years! You will discover the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society in the city, as it’s not just trade goods that flowed into Jorvik but people from across the globe! Plus, with 22 new animatronics across the recreation there is something new to see around every corner. The centre’s gallery experiences have been completely updated, with new display cases allowing you to get up close to the astounding Viking artefacts that inspired the creation of JORVIK. You will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre.

JORVIK Viking Centre

York Archaeological Trust’s Campaign Canute, the fundraising initiative to help re-imagine and further develop JORVIK Viking Centre following the floods of December 2015, has received an extra boost with HRH The Prince of Wales, supporting the campaign as its Patron.

The news of The Prince of Wales’s patronage comes as Campaign Canute has raised over £1 million, over two thirds of the way towards the £1.5 million target to help re-imagine the attraction for its public re-opening on 8 April 2017.

“The Prince of Wales has been a long-term supporter of the JORVIK Viking Centre, ever since he first climbed into the archaeological dig that took place in Coppergate between 1976 and 1981, and we welcomed him back to officially open the first incarnation of JORVIK Viking Centre in 1984. It is wonderful to have His Royal Highness on board as we continue our fundraising, and we look forward to showing him the results of the hard work so far once we re-open in April,” - Terry Suthers, Chair of York Archaeological Trust which owns and operates JORVIK Viking Centre.

The Prince of Wales is the Patron of Campaign Canute, with other leading names acting as Ambassadors for the initiative including Brian Blessed, Dan Snow and Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary.

Campaign Canute was launched in the immediate aftermath of the flooding of JORVIK Viking Centre, whose plans to highlight the 1000th anniversary of King Canute’s taking of the English throne were foiled by unstoppable water. The fundraising initiative aimed to bridge the gap between the costs of restoring JORVIK to its pre-flood condition – the insurance settlement covered £2.83 million – and the anticipated cost of updating and re-imaging JORVIK with the latest research findings and technology.

The funds raised to date will cover the costs to re-open JORVIK with new animatronic models, new sound system and completely redesigned artefact galleries, with any further funds raised going towards integrating educational and outreach projects to further spread knowledge and understanding of Viking heritage – a crucial part of York Archaeological Trust’s mission.

Whilst work continues to complete JORVIK Viking Centre ahead of its 8 April opening date, advanced plans have been revealed to make this year’s JORVIK Viking Festival a ‘prequel’ experience. The Festival, which runs from 20-26 February 2017, will tell the story of Viking-age York leading up to AD 960, which is the date for the recreation of Viking-age Coppergate that sits at the heart of the new attraction. In particular, Festival events explore the last days of Jorvik’s final Viking king – Eric Bloodaxe.

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