The British Museum presents its first major exhibition on Vikings in over 30 years, which focuses on the core period of the Viking Age from the late 8th century to the early 11th century.
The exhibition has been developed with the National Museum of Denmark and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) and features many new archaeological discoveries and objects never seen before in the UK, alongside important Viking Age artefacts from the British Museum’s own collection and elsewhere in Britain and Ireland. It capitalises on new research and thousands of recent discoveries by both archaeologists and metal-detectorists, to set the developments of the Viking Age in context.
This large show consists of over 300 loans, some transferred from the institutions in Denmark and Germany, and others shipped directly from lenders across Europe and Russia. Momart was responsible for coordination, packing and shipping of several artefacts including the Hogback stone from Govan Old Church, the ship known as Roskilde 6 which was transported in its own special container truck from Denmark, and a part of a mass grave of Viking warriors which will be on display for the first time showing how our understanding of the Vikings is still being changed by new excavations and recent research.
The incredible fragility and multitude of sizes and shapes of the objects required thorough planning and extra care to be taken in the fields of packing and logistics. Due to the significant cultural, historical and scientific value of the pieces, multiple courier travels needed to be arranged and coordinated in order to safely and timely transport the loans to the British Museum.
This exhibition will be the first in The Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, part of the new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre that opens later in 2014. The Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery is the British Museum’s first purpose built space for temporary exhibitions.
Vikings: life and legend
6 March – 22 June 2014
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, London