wirhalh skip Felagr


"The Vikings were such a brilliant bunch who were great to have as part of an event and lovely people to chat to. They know so much and have a brilliant way with the kids."
Helen O'Donnell, Greasby Community Assoc. - Celebrate Greasby day, June 2016.

"More informative than my trip to the Jorvik centre."
Public comment received at our Upholland event. July 2014.

"It's been a positive experience. There is not one aspect I could fault having brought the topic to life with knowledge and enthusiasm. The children learnt a lot in a fun, hands on way and I would certainly recommend this memorable and educational experience."
R. Kamperman, teacher, Leasowe Primary School, December 2016.

"Wirhalh Skip Felagr are a pleasure to work with and provide an excellent living history event tailored to suit the venue."
Gina Couch, World Museum Liverpool, March 2015.

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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 much larger international "dark age" reenactment society Regia Anglorum. As a not for profit, volunteer run, heritage education group the Skip Felagr focus primarily upon engaging people with the archaeology of the Hiberno Norse Vikings who settled the end of the Wirral peninsula from 902AD. However we can portray other cultures from the beginning of the Viking invasion in 793AD to beyond the Norman conquest in 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.

slide show of Wirhalh Skip Felagr Viking reenactment images

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 more crowd pleasing 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 dark age society of Viking Wirral.

 wirhalh skip Felagr