Jun 21, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

The "Viking: Rediscover the Legend" Exhibition Is Opened in Yorkshire Museum; Recreates The Largest Army Camp

May 19, 2017 02:32 PM EDT


Yorkshire Museum opens the most comprehensive Viking exhibition on Thursday. The "Viking: Rediscover the Legend" exhibition shows the ancient Viking world and how it transformed the Ancient Britain civilization. One of the main attraction is the re-creation of the largest Viking Army base camp,

The "Viking: Rediscover the Legend" exhibition is opened on May 18. The exhibition showcases the most comprehensive collection of the ancient Viking culture from two museums, the British Museum and Yorkshire Museum, according to the official release from The Yorkshire Museum.

It also features the groundbreaking archaeological findings in the Viking world, along with the new discoveries from enthusiasts who search using the metal detector. "Viking: Rediscover the Legend" exhibition will give a new perspective of the Vikings influence in the British civilization. Academic and television presenter Professor Alice Roberts officially opened the "Viking: Rediscover the Legend" exhibition.

One of the main attraction in the "Viking: Rediscover the Legend" exhibition is the recreation of the Viking army base camp when they invaded the Anglo-Saxon world in the late 9th century. The camp is recreated using the virtual reality technology, based on the archaeological finding conducted by the Universities of Sheffield and York.

The virtual reality experience in the "Viking: Rediscover the Legend" exhibition is developed by the Yorkshire Museum in collaboration with the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York. The camp was situated in Torksey, Lincolnshire, in the winter of AD872-873. They came in large number to conquer Britain, rather than raiding and looting the island, as explained by Professor Julian Richard from the Department of Archaeology at the University of York.

“The Vikings had previously often raided exposed coastal monasteries and returned to Scandinavia in winter," Professor Richard said explaining the army camp in the "Viking: Rediscover the Legend" exhibition. “All of the virtual reality scenes visitors will see are based on real objects.”

The exhibition is opened daily until Nov. 5. Watch the introductory video of the exhibition from the Yorkshire Museum below:

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