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Education

Wirhalh Skip Felagr pride themselves in their research based authenticity

This means their educational displays and presentations are renowned by academice for their quality.

We love to explore Wirrals Viking past through research into our local history and archaeology.

This knowledge we use in our education presentations whether for school visits or academic talks.

Education through Research, Study and experimental archaeology

Our drive is to offer research based, authentic and engaging educational displays for all ages and abilities.

We work with local authorities, museums, schools and other organisations to bring the local history (our passion) to life.

We aim to make history entertaining and accessible to all age groups and abilities and love the public to be engaged and informed by our displays.

Our Passions

Education

The most important part of what we do is to encourage others to learn more!

All activities offer an introduction and overview of Viking Life as part of the Invaders and Settlers KS2 topic.

Wirhalh Skip Felagr are proud to help our schools bring the archaeological heritage of Viking Wirral to life.

about education

Research

Our drive is to offer research based, authentic and engaging educational displays for all ages and abilities

Wirhalh Skip Felagr maintain an extensive reference library of academic publications covering the subject of Viking archaeology, culture and period crafts!

We work with local authorities, museums, schools and other organisations to bring our research driven Viking past to life.

about research

Authenticity

Wirhalh Skip Felagr pride themselves on portraying viking life as it was locally as authentically as they can.

We undertake extensive research on the subjects we display to make sure the quality of our display is as accurate as it can be.

We will not portray any item or action that we cannot support with evidence.

about authenticity

Professional and Educational

It's been a positive experience from the beginning. 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.

R. Kamperman, Leasowe Primary School

Education

Research based Education

Invaders and Settlers; KS2 - schools education.

Wirhalh Skip Felagr are a research and educational group whose purpose is to encourage the public to take a greater interest in and learn more about the archaeological heritage of Viking Wirral.

Our school based educational days include specific topic based subject matter to compliment the teaching of Invaders and Settlers; KS2.

The most important part of what we do is to encourage others to learn more!

If you are a teacher of history or co-ordinator of the KS2 Invaders and Settlers history module, there is no shortage of websites, video clips, text books and other resources about the Vikings and their exploits available for use in school.

We do however believe in the old expression;

"Tell me and I may forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I may understand."

As such there is no substitute for being able to get up close and personal to touch, feel and smell the past.

Within the safe confines of a classroom we will do all we can to authentically bring the Vikings back to life for your pupils, covering not just generic "Viking stuff" but also information specific and relevant to North West England and the local heritage of Viking Wirral.

We can supply costumed historical interpreters, a wide range of replica artefacts from weapons and armour to day to day necessities as well as a range of activities for KS2 pupils over either a full day or half day.

So if you want to bring the Vikings back to life and remove them from the stuffy confines of the text book then why not give us a call to see what we could do to help you.

Professional and Educational

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.

Penny Alexander

Research

Research, Study and experimental archaeology

Wirhalh Skip Felagr are proudly known for their knowledge, research and attention to detail

Wirhalh Skip Felagr maintain an extensive reference library of academic publications covering the subject of Viking archaeology, culture and period crafts!

Our drive is to offer research based, authentic and engaging educational displays for all ages and abilities, working with local authorities, museums, schools and other organisations.

The Skip Felagr have assisted at presentations given by lecturers from Oxford University and book launches by other professors. In return they have assisted our own research by providing information on new archaeological discoveries before they are made public

At it's best re-enactment and living history work can be a very valid form of experimental archaeology and experiential learning.

Nevertheless whether working with primary school children, entertaining the public, instructing museum staff or supporting university research projects everything we do comes back to our love of this period and a desire to help one another learn more about our Viking heritage.

So if you want to encourage your own customers, visitors, staff or students to take greater interest in Viking society and our archaeological heritage take look at our pages to see what we could do to help you

Professional and Educational

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!

Childrens comments, Redcourt St Anslem's Primary School

Authenticity

The challenges of accurately portraying the past

Wirhalh Skip Felagr pride themselves on portraying viking life as it was locally as authentically as they can.

We undertake extensive research on the subjects we display to make sure the quality of our display is as accurate as it can be.

Every re-enactment society today now seems to market themselves as "authentic" and the term has become somewhat clichéd. This does the public a disservice especially when they are told that things are authentic when accurate research would prove they are not.

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.

Within The Skip Felagr several of our members have worked in the fields of archaeology, museum education, heritage crafts, archaeological reconstruction, academic research/teaching or are published authors and lecturers on early medieval history.

Authenticity is an ever changing subject as there are many questions archaeology has yet to provide enough evidence about to reliably answer, or cases where new discoveries cast doubt over previously undisputed theories. As such part of attempting to accurately portray the past is recognising that we can't always reliably define what is "authentic".

It is our approach to research and experimental archaeology that stops us from naively claiming to be able to offer a "fully authentic" portrayal of the past. We constantly re-evaluating what we do against the latest archaeological finds, debating conflicting interpretations and by trying things out for real we can we be sure we are offering the best representation of the past that we possibly can,

Consequently we will not portray any item or action that we cannot support with evidence.

We aim to make history entertaining and accessible to all age groups and abilities and love the public to be engaged and informed by our displays.

We genuinely view the public as the motivation for what we do, as such we place huge emphasis on how we engage with our different audiences to keep them all interested and entertained.

Far better someone goes away happy having learnt just one simple fact they found interesting than got bored listening to a plethora of confusing trivia.

The best way to understand what drives us is simply to spend time with us at one of our events. Only then will you truly appreciate the huge range of knowledge and enthusiasm we have for our subject and how complex defining what constitutes an "authentic" portrayal of nearly three hundred years of changing history really is.

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

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"