Four Jorvik attractions go free for York residents this weekend

Henry VIII (Nathan Wade) sits down for a Tudor banquet at Barley Hall in York. Photograph: Jorvik
20 May 2016 @ 9.37 am
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York residents can enjoy a host of free activities this weekend as a big thank you from the Jorvik Group of Attractions.

Their main attraction, the Jorvik Viking Centre, has been shut since it was inundated by the December floods.

To raise awareness for #CampaignCanute, a fundraising project set up to bring the Viking Centre back to full health, Jorvik will be allowing free entry to their four other attractions:

As long as you bring proof of identity and residence – a YorkCard, utility bill, driving licence or passport – you won’t have to pay a penny.

Sarah Maltby of the York Archaeological Trust wants to repay the kindness shown from those that have helped out already.

She said:

We were overwhelmed with kind messages when Jorvik was flooded with many local people asking how they could get involved to support us.

So this weekend will give them a chance to see our fantastic attractions, and enable us to share information about #CampaignCanute, our fundraising campaign

Life and death exhibition

Liz Wilson and Sarah Maltby with a piece of Viking coprolite - fossilised poo - that will feature in the exhibition
Liz Wilson and Sarah Maltby with a piece of Viking coprolite – fossilised poo – that will feature in the exhibition

York Theatre Royal

Sat May 21; then Mon May 23-Sat May 28 @ 10am-4pm


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As well as free entry to Jorvik’s attractions, the group will also be hosting a free exhibition at the York Theatre Royal on Saturday, entitled Jorvik: Life and Death.

The exhibition will explore the fascinating subject of Viking-age medicine and living conditions.

It will feature:

  • interactive displays
  • a soft play area for young children
  • and the only complete female skeleton found during the original Coppergate archaeological dig.

Visitors will also be able to try their hand at the medieval skill of uroscopy, which involves diagnosing miscellaneous illnesses and ailments.

Chief executive of York Theatre Royal Liz Wilson said:

We are extremely pleased to be able to offer Jorvik a home during their closure and we are looking forward to hosting what looks to be a fascinating exhibition. 

The theme ties in so well with the history of our own site, which was once the largest medieval hospital in Europe and we will be creating a brand new heritage centre in the Keregan Room to tell the incredibly interesting story of the site and the theatre’s past.