Viking Reenactment & Living History for Wirral, N. Wales, Liverpool & Chester.
Established in 1998 the Wirhalh Skip Felagr (The Wirral Ship Fellowship) is Merseyside's leading early medieval Living History group, and is part of the larger international "dark age" reenactment society Regia Anglorum. As a volunteer run, heritage education group the Skip Felagr aim primarily to engage people with the archaeology of the Hiberno Norse who settled the Wirral from 902AD, but we can cover all aspects of the Viking period from 793AD to 1066AD.
Those years were a turbulent time in the British Isles as the land was divided into many small kingdoms occupied by both native people and numerous invaders and settlers. Their different communities were rich and varied but each impacted on one another, with Anglo Scandinavian societies emerging all around the country. Through our popular public events the Skip Felagr recreate in extraordinary and entertaining detail all aspects of their lives - and deaths.
Our living history events demonstrating early medieval social customs and period crafts such as herb lore, bone carving or textile working offer the public an intimate and engaging insight into the often overlooked challenges of everyday life more than a thousand years ago. In contrast our violent combat displays dramatically portray the less commonplace but ever popular aspects of the conflicts between the Vikings and their Anglo Saxon neighbours.
As a research driven organisation we strive to give an authentic view of our past that accurately reflects the latest archaeological finds and theories. However, we remain an audience focused group that endeavours to promote our local heritage in an entertaining, hands on format which is accessible to all ages and abilities. Balancing these two goals is a big part of the challenge and satisfaction in educating people about the society of Viking age Wirral.