Client testimonials and visitor feedback.
We are very proud of the quality of service our volunteers provide both the clients that host us and their visitors. Unlike some reenactment groups we genuinely view our audiences as the motivation for what we do, not an inconvenient distraction. Consequently we only recruit those who take seriously our commitment to engage with the public in our educational work, and as such several of our volunteers have relevant qualifications and/or earn their living in areas related to heritage education. This attitude and expertise is reflected in the fact that to date, across each of the categories of every feedback survey our clients and visitors have returned since we began collecting these early in 2015 (links at the side of this page), we have been rated as "Good" or "Excellent" 100% of the time. We'd almost like to claim 97% or 99% just to make the statistic seem more believable but so far every rating has been positive.
"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."
Public comment received at our Ashton Park event West Kirby. May 2015.
"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."
R. Kamperman, teacher, Leasowe Primary School, December 2016.
"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."
Helen O'Donnell, Greasby Community Assoc. - celebrate Greasby day, June 2016.
"Wow that's well mint!" (in the ever changing world of youth slang high praise indeed!)
Public comment received from a young child at our Liverpool Maritime Museum event. July 2014.
"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!"
Eve Barrett, Community Organiser, St. James Centre Birkenhead. February 2016.
"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."
Janet Harris - Creative Girls Adventure Book Club - America. August 2016.
"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, on-line blog. May 2013.
"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."
Jamie Greer, Wirral Council Creative Youth Development. Birkenhead Priory, April 2015.
"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"
Just a few comments from the young children at Redcourt St Anslem's Primary School, June 2015.
"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."
Written visitor feedback sent after our Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm event. September 2015.
"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?"
Public comments/questions received at our Hoylake, St Hildeburgh's Church event, June 2016.
"Thanks for going the extra mile to accommodate us at such short notice"
Ellie Hunt, Producer (and ex-archaeologist) Centre Screen, Manchester, October 2016.
"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."
Emma Walmsley, Liverpool Maritime Museum. July 2014.
"We learnt more talking to you for ten minutes than we did from watching the entire film."
Public comment received after the live cinema screening of the British Museum's Viking Life & Legend exhibition at FACT Liverpool, April 2014.
"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."
Liz Stewart, Curator of Archaeology, Museum of Liverpool, July 2016.
"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."
Public comment received at the Wirral Earthfest, West Kirby, September 2014.
"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."
Rev. Paul Rossiter. St Hildeburgh's church, Hoylake, June 2016.
"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."
Martin Harrison, Event Organiser and Treasurer, Friends of Ashton Park, West Kirby, May 2015.
"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!"
Stella Chan, teacher, Redcourt St Anslem's Primary School, June 2015.
"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!"
Stella Chan, teacher, Redcourt St Anslem's Primary School, June 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.
"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."
Prof. Steve Harding, Nottingham University, May 2015.
"I wish I had discovered your web site sooner!"
Stephanie Hull, teacher, Willaston C of E Primary School. May 2015.
"More informative than my trip to the Jorvik centre."
Public comment received at our Upholland Green fayre event. July 2014.
"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."
Elizabeth Davey, West Kirby Museum. July 2013.
"Many thanks again to you and your Viking group for the fantastic contribution in helping make our day a huge success."
Jessica Smyth. Chairperson Merseyside Autistic Children's Society, Meols Funday, August 2016.
"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."
Catherine Jackson, Parent Teacher Association, Ladymount Primary School. June 2015.
"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?"
Public enquiry received from a tourist at our Liverpool Maritime Museum event, July 2014.
"The Wirhalh Skip Felagr invaded Ashton Park during the bank holiday and put on a fine show for the public."
extract from The Lake magazine. May/June issue 2014.
"Fascinating! Thank you so much, I'll never think of the Vikings in the same way again."
Public comment received at our Ashton Park event West Kirby, May 2014.
"Excellent organisation informing people about the Vikings."
Steve Cross, World Museum, Liverpool, July 2015.
"Such an approachable and public orientated group."
Public comment received at our Liverpool World Museum event. February 2015.