Vikings: Life & Legend was more than just a collection of artefacts. It featured many new archaeological discoveries alongside items from the British Museum's personal collection and that from other places across Britain and Ireland. It really made a point of showing Viking culture not just as raiders and traders, but as husbands, wives and a part of an overall community. It was fascinating to see the network built up between continents, where a mixture of religious, artistic and political ideas were combined as different influences sailed in tandem with loot, ornate weapons and plundered treasures.
There were so many personal objects within the collection, including a stunning array of jewellery and amulets. Brilliantly, it also touched on the Viking's own version of a female with doctor which was utterly intriguing and something I hadn't come across before.
The final chamber of the exhibition was without a doubt the show piece for many as it was home to the surviving timber skeleton of a full size 37-meter-long Viking warship. Although it was very much a frame, you could see the level of craftsmanship which had gone into building it and I cannot recommend seeing the exhibition enough. Sadly there was a no photo rule which we upheld, but the British Museum website has a wealth of information and it's on in London until 22nd June 2014.
Since it was a super cute date with my very own Viking, here's what I wore for it: