Vikings in the East Midlands

Invade… immigrate… integrate… inspire.

This virtual museum tells a regional story of Viking culture with artefacts and designs from the Viking Age in the East Midlands, and information about local place-names which were given at the time in the Scandinavian language of the Vikings. We also highlight some Viking personal names from the region and how to write them in runes.

It started in the 860s when the so-called Great Heathen Army invaded England, agreeing peace with the Anglo-Saxon king, Alfred the Great, in the 880s. The agreement established the Danelaw where Viking laws and government reigned, giving the Vikings half of England to rule. They governed the five boroughs of the Danelaw (Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Stamford), settling in the region and integrating with the existing population. The legacy of these migrants can still be seen today in the many Scandinavian place-names in the region. Both sculpture and objects give us a direct physical link to that period.

On this website you can:

This website is brought to you by the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham to introduce you to the Viking legacy in the East Midlands.

Header image: Based on Paul Everson and David Stocker, Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture Volume XII. Nottinghamshire (Oxford, 2015), ill. 32

Viking objects, designs and names

Drawing of a Mystery Item
Invasion, Immigration, Integration - or Diaspora? New Ways of Looking at the Viking Phenomenon
Reproduction Hammer-shaped Pendant
Reproduction Ansate Brooch
Featured Item
Holme from Home? East Midland Place-Names and the Story of Viking Settlement