Research, Study and experimental archaeology.
Different reenactment groups all have very different personalities and approaches regarding how they function and what they see their primary purpose as. Many of the volunteers in The Skip Felagr have relevant graduate or post graduate qualifications, and/or are/were professionally employed in various fields of archaeology, museum education, heritage crafts, academic research/teaching or are lecturers and published authors on early medieval history. This has inevitably shaped the character of our group and continues to influence the attitudes of the new members we attract. We all tend to view this hobby as an educational activity from which we derive a great deal of enjoyment: One where we strive to communicate that enthusiasm for researching local history and archaeology to one another and to our audiences, and where the pursuit of knowledge is a goal in it's own right, not just a means to an end.
academic publications covering the subject of Viking archaeology, culture and period crafts!
In light of the above and our drive to offer research based, authentic and engaging educational displays for all ages and abilities, we have established good working relationships with local authorities, museums, schools and other organisations breaking down the dismissive attitudes about "reenactors" held by certain academics. 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. Consequently the boundary between what we do as a volunteer group and what some of our individual members do as paid professionals can become blurred. 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 Bookings page to see what we could do to help you.