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



Website http://www.vikingsofmiddleengland.co.uk/

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]

Reviews[edit]

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

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