Vikings: Life and Legend. British Museum

  • Dorian Knight


Within British culture in recent years there has been a growing fascination with all things Scandinavian. This has ranged from Danish television series The Killing (Forbrydelsen) through to hit Nordic noir novels and Northern European cuisine. At such an auspicious time when Britons have been re- evaluating their relationship with Scandinavia, UK museums have been exploring that most notorious period of Northern European history; 2013 saw a collaborative exhibition on the Vikings between National Museums Scotland and the Historical Museum (Historiska Museet) in Stockholm, Sweden. Now, London’s cultural powerhouse the British Museum is tackling the subject in Vikings: Life and Legend, housed in the new custom built Sainsbury’s Exhibition Centre and representing the first major take on the ancient inhabitants of the Nordic region in over 30 years at that institution.

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