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Wirralh Skip Felagr brings

Wirrals exciting Hiberno Norse

Viking history vividly to life

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see viking life

as it really was

in Wirrals past

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bringing Wirrals Viking past

to life with exciting

displays of everyday life

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fully immersive living history displays

from extended family farmsteads to

warrior camps and raiding parties

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see the warriors life

both at home and at war

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meet the Viking children

and see how they

lived in Wirrals past


Displays

Public Displays, Presentations and Activities,

Wirhalh Skip Felagr pride themselves of being a research led authentic experience

Within our group we have a wide range of expertise and reproduction equipment allowing the character of any event we stage to vary considerably from one show to another.

Our public displays are tailor made to our clients requirements, from large expansive shows with warriors and encampments to small displays on specific subjects.

Life on the Wic

Wirhalh Skip Felagr love to bring their viking encampment to life

The wic (a period term for a place of habitation) is a term we use for our encampment from which we base all our displays, all of which are presented by enthusiastic and knowledgeable members who love to engage the public in their local archaeological heritage.

We genuinely view the public as the motivation for what we do. Consequently we actively encourage our audiences to talk to us, take a closer look at what we're doing, ask questions and wherever safe to handle the reproduction equipment and try things out for themselves.

Wirhalh Skip Felagr pride themselves of the quality of their reaseach which has been highlighted by academics again as again as exempler research and will only display items that they can prove with well researched facts.

Dedication to accuracy

For nearly two decades the Wirhalh Skip Felagr have superbly brought to life the great Viking age of Wirral and the North West through their expert displays and interaction with the public and schools. They combine historical accuracy - with no detail missed - with enthusiasm and entertainment helping youngsters and oldsters alike to learn about our great heritage.

Prof. Steve Harding, Nottingham University


A brief look at our displays

Though we could never hope to cover all we know or do on this website, the images below offer a brief snapshot of just some of the subjects we might present at one of our events. Feel free to ask about anything you like as we're there to help the public.

It may well be that the person you are speaking to is quite the expert on that very subject and simply presenting a different topic that weekend by way of a bit of variety in their hobby.

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Events

Upholland
Beacon Country Park, WN8 7RU
22nd - 23rd July, 11am - 5pm
Storeton Woods
Storeton Woods, Wirral
Sat 29th July, 10.30am - 4.30pm
World Museum
Liverpool
Sat 14th Oct, 10am - 5pm

Life on the high seas

Vikingr go a Viking

You cannot talk about Vikings without mentioning boats as the word 'viking' is a verb meaning to go raiding in a boat or ship.

As such we should think of Vikings simply as pirates without ascribing any nationality to them. The iconic image of the Viking boat is the sleek dragon headed "longship" but many other types of sailing vessel were in production; from broad robust "knarrs" carrying tons of cargo all around the known world, smaller "byrdings" moving goods about locally to little fishing boats, faerings and dug out canoes serving ordinary families.

Being largely dependant upon the power of the wind for propulsion made waterways the motorways of their day. At a time when all places of note were accessible by water, not having a boat of your own must have been an isolating experience.

Professional and Educational

You were excellent, flexible and engaged with the audience in a professional way. I would highly recommend you for quality and value for money.

Jamie Greer, Wirral Council, Birkenhead Priory

Regias Fleet

Regia Anglorum operates various replica Viking boats which members of the Skip Felagr have opportunities to get involved.

Wirhalh Skip Felagr often take part in film/TV work with these craft. It is an exciting part of viking life and we are honoured to be able to take ouf fleet sailing.

All in our name

We operate under the name Skip Felagr or 'ship fellowship' and have periodic involvement with other people's replica Viking boats.

Our long term goal has always been to build a boat of our own to keep on the Wirral.

Something with public/media/marketing appeal we can use regularly at our varied educational events around the local and wider community to attract and grow interest in our important Viking heritage.

Large Scale Events

Wirhalh Skip Felagr sometimes takes part in large scale events.

Jorvik Viking Festival is one such event where the massed ranks of viking warriors march through city center York.

The march to the Eye of York where in 2017 over 400 warriors took part in a mass battle.

Archaeologists of the future

The Young Archaeologists Club loved meeting you, and it was a very popular event with the public. I really appreciate your giving your time - it was brilliant to have such knowledgeable people on hand engaging the public with local archaeology.

Liz Stewart, Curator of Archaeology, Museum of Liverpool,

a word from our clients

"Sorry to have hogged so much of your time, but I'm a real history geek and it's been great to pick your brains and learn so much more about a period I love "
"It's been a positive experience where from the beginning the communication was great. Steve tailored the experience to my class and they got so much from it. His knowledge was incredible and it really enthused the children as they loved seeing all the artefact replicas. He came very prepared and it was brilliant to see all he had... The corn mill Steve brought with him was fantastic as was everything else... There is not one aspect I could fault having really brought the topic to life with subject knowledge and enthusiasm. The children enjoyed it and learnt a lot in a fun, hands on way. Would most certainly recommend this memorable and educational experience."
"The whole day at Coronation Park was great, the Wirhalh Skip Felagr were punctual, cheerful and enthusiastic, chatting engagingly with all ages who approached them. There was something for everyone to be interested in so the range of crafts and artefacts as a whole made the display a hit and the Vikings really added a special touch to our day in the park... As a first time event manager the group were great to deal with so please pass on my personal thanks to all of them... 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."
"Wow that's well mint!" (in the ever changing world of youth slang high praise indeed!) "
"The Skip Felagr got stuck in from the start, weren't put off by our small visitor numbers giving it their very best. I'd recommend the Wirhalh Skip Felagr, they were friendly and engaging, taking the time to speak to each child and engage those who may have been quieter. I was really pleased with the session they provided, as were the visitors! The value for money was fantastic, they were very understanding that we were a charity project with a small budget. They fitted their work around our needs completely. Fantastic! "
"Hello WSF from the USA! I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for your informative site. When school starts me and some bright teens will be meeting for a small writers workshop where for our first project the theme is going to be Viking and Norse history. I've been scouring the web for references for an inspiration list I'm making for the kids and that's how I stumbled onto your web site."
"I’ve seen a few living history groups in action, but I have never seen one get children so involved, or be so keen, not just to re-enact fights, but to talk about everything from food, to medicine, to coins, to burials."
"We were very happy with everything your organisation provided for Priory Tales. You were excellent, flexible and engaged with the audience in a professional way. I would highly recommend you for quality and value for money"
"I loved it on Viking day!"
"I liked the bit where we smelled the pottage, it was a great day."
"I liked it when he showed us his battling skills."
"Viking day was very fun and awesome!"
"I wouldn't like to be a Viking because they are mean to animals and eat pottage but it was a good day!"
"I loved making rope" "
"I found the event was very informative and that the information provided was clearly geared to the age and academic 'level' of the individual visitors to whom you demonstrated/explained things - thank you for a most enjoyable day. Excellent on all counts"
"Why had I never heard about any of these fascinating aspects of the history of my local area before, and why aren't other people doing more to promote them?"
"Thanks for going the extra mile to accommodate us at such short notice"
"A big thanks to all of you for your fantastic work at the weekend and for another great day's demonstrations. On a personal level you were all so organised and easy to work with you made my job an absolute breeze... I would highly recommend The Wirhalh Skip Felagr, their enthusiasm, knowledge and organisation are extremely impressive and made for a very enjoyable day. All of our visitors were totally engaged with the many and varied activities and displays on offer. A perfect addition to our Festival of British Archaeology events and I hope to see you again in the future."
"We learnt more talking to you for ten minutes than we did from watching the entire film."
"Thank you ever so much for getting us out of a Viking shaped hole and stepping in to help. (when another professional heritage education organisation failed to deliver an elaborate and interactive Viking exhibit and costumed performers they had promised the museum, and which had therefore been advertised and heavily promoted in advance) The Young Archaeologists Club loved meeting you, and it was a very popular event with the public. I really appreciate your giving your time - it was brilliant to have such knowledgeable people on hand engaging the public with local archaeology. "
"Amazing, our young daughter and our teenage son both interested in the same thing at the same time, plus it was something educational! That's got to be a rare form of family entertainment."
"All the people involved were polite, professional and fun. It was a wonderful effort and I would happily invite you to be part of anything I was doing with church. I thought the way the Vikings conducted themselves and engaged with the public was terrific, Well done."
"The WSF are good at engaging the public in discussion, add interest to the range of events at our fair and draw in more visitors"
"Our Viking day was fantastic! The children were enthralled by our Viking visitor who arrived early, was all set up well before the first bell, was extremely knowledgeable, held the children's attention all day and answered all of the children's questions. The children really enjoyed getting to touch all the artefacts and learned so much in one day we will definitely be inviting you back next year!"
"Steve's subject knowledge is amazing and he could answer all the children's questions. The day was really informative and entertaining - the kids loved it!"
"Wirhalh Skip Felagr are a pleasure to work with and provide an excellent living history event tailored to suit the venue"
"For nearly two decades the Wirhalh Skip Felagr have superbly brought to life the great Viking age of Wirral and the North West through their expert displays and interaction with the public and schools. They combine historical accuracy - with no detail missed - with enthusiasm and entertainment helping youngsters and oldsters alike to learn about our great heritage. The most recent example I experienced at a private function was a superb re-enactment of the deal between Queen Aethelflaed and Ingimund which gave the green light to the first settlements; an intriguing and highly entertaining comedic interpretation of the classical story introducing Ingimund's Irish wife. We are very fortunate indeed to have the Skip Felagr."
"I wish I had discovered your web site sooner!"
"More informative than my trip to the Jorvik centre."
" This is a very big thank you for acting so quickly to secure us some Viking reenactors for the official opening of West Kirby Museum when we were let down by other people with less than 24hrs notice. You kept people entertained and informed all day and we hope we may see you again among the Vikings coming to the Earth Fest in September when the Museum will be open again."
"Many thanks again to you and your Viking group for the fantastic contribution in helping make our day a huge success"
"I know that all of the children who came over to see you really enjoyed their time with you and all my dealings with you in advance of you coming were great."
"This is so interesting, does your organisation have a branch in California I could join, and if not how do I set up a group back home in America?"
"The Wirhalh Skip Felagr invaded Ashton Park during the bank holiday and put on a fine show for the public"
"Fascinating! Thank you so much, I'll never think of the Vikings in the same way again"
"Excellent organisation informing people about the Vikings"
"Such an approachable and public orientated group"