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The Vikings Barbara Askew BA DipEd MITG Monday 16 March 2020


Barbara is an historian and lecturer, examiner and course director on Blue Badge Guide Training courses, as well as a rota guide in the British Museum. She has conducted tours throughout the British Isles to Viking-related sites, such as Jorvik, Lindisfarne, Repton and the Isle of Man.

The Vikings – ‘hairy ruffians wearing helmets adorned with horns, who terrorised our Anglo-Saxon ancestors’. That is still the picture most people have in mind and which is reinforced by a thousand cartoons and films. However, modern historians have a more nuanced view and claim the Vikings offered rather more, as Barbara will tell us. PS they did not wear horned helmets!