After hours - behind the scenes benefits of Skip Felagr membership.
The public face of the Skip Felagr is strongly related to the costumed educational activities we use to engage the public with the Wirral peninsula's Viking heritage. However whilst this is at the heart of what we do, if you ask our volunteers about what they enjoy most about belonging to our group then their answers will be many and varied. Reenactors often joke that the modern world likes to pigeon-hole people into stereotypes, yet the only thing we all have in common is that none of us fit neatly into society's pigeon holes. Consequently many strong and lasting friendships are formed between volunteers of often radically different age, cultural or economic backgrounds who perhaps would never have met or mixed as social equals were it not for a shared passion for Viking heritage.
reconstructed longship - Draken Harald Harfagre.
As well as the public events we stage, we hold many private members only social functions, training sessions, craft workshops and occasional experimental archaeology projects whereby we can all get together to share the wealth of expertise and knowledge within our group and learn from one another. We also have our own reference library for those that like a more traditional form of research. This is managed by one of our volunteers who is a retired academic librarian skilled in tracking down that obscure publication or reference you need to answer your question. As several of our members work professionally in various aspects of museum, heritage and educational work we are, from time to time, able to use our contacts to arrange behind the scenes tours or outings to gain first hand access to archaeological finds, museum collections or heritage projects not always accessible to the general public. Membership of the wider society of Regia Anglorum also opens up occasional opportunities to sail in their Viking Longships, join their horsemen/women, feast in a replica Anglo-Saxon longhall, attend their own academic conferences, take part in occasional TV and film work and be part of one of the oldest Viking festivals, held each year in York.