Vikings! Of Middle England

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Vikings Of Middle England
Founded 1991
Location Leicester, United Kingdom
Period Early Middle Ages

Speciality Combat reenactment, living history
Number of members 70–100


Vikings! of Middle England (also known as Tÿrslið) is a Viking re-enactment and living history group based in Leicester, UK. They portray the people who lived, travelled to and invaded Britain in the Viking-Age. The organisation once owned a scale replica Longship called Ratatosk.[1] Tÿrslið's aim is to entertain and educate an audience using a mix of drama, pageant, historical context, demonstration and audience participation.[2]

Vikings of Middle England perform at events throughout the UK, including at places of historical interest such as Rockingham Castle,[3] carnivals,[4] festivals[5] and local events,[6] and also at other visitor attractions such as Conkers.[7]

Vikings of Middle England also provide displays and resources for education, at schools and for seminars. The organisation has lent expertise[8] and kit to researchers for books,[9][10][11] websites[12] and conferences while also publishing articles on their website suitable for UK Key Stage 2 students.

Vikings of Middle England's membership is mostly based in the city of Leicester. However, some members hail from the surrounding East Midlands[13] and further afield.

Notable Members, Achievements and Performances[edit]

  • Named in the 'Top Ten Re-Enactments for Family' by BBC CountryFile Magazine.[14]
  • Starred in the Kerry Food's 'Walls! Bring it On Britain!' advertising campaign in 2010.[15]
  • Dr. Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval Coins at the British Museum[16] is a former member.
  • The author Tim Moore spent time with Vikings Of Middle England for his book I Believe In Yesterday.
  • Performed in BBC's 'Blood of the Vikings' mini series (2001).
  • Performed in 'Weapons that Made Britain' Shield episode (Lion TV for Channel 4, 2004).
  • Performed in 'Warrior Queen — Boudica' (Indigo Films for History Channel, 2005).
  • Performed in the music video for 'Assessment' by the Beta Band.
  • Performed in 'Born of Hope' (Actors at Work Production).[17]


  • The Mercian Revolt: The Vikings of Middle England at Rockingham Castle., Skirmish Magazine, Issue 85
  • Medieval Outlaws, Knights and Combat, Skirmish Magazine, Issue 81