York St Mary’s is a medieval church which opened as a contemporary visual art venue in 2004. Jorvik is currently closed, following flood damage in December 2015, and is expected to re-open in spring 2017.
The exhibition, which will run until early 2017, focuses on the trade that made York a powerful centre of international commerce.
Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for York Archaeological Trust, says: ‘Even though Jorvik Viking Centre itself has been closed for more than five months, we are still getting hundreds of people coming along every day with a thirst for Norse knowledge, so having a fantastic exhibition that tells a key part of Jorvik’s commercial story literally in the adjacent building is a great way of keeping the story alive, while we continue to re-build and re-imagine the attraction beneath their feet.’
The exhibition – Jorvik: Home & Abroad – will feature artefacts taken from York’s Viking collections, alongside tableaux from the Jorvik Viking Centre displays which remained above the waterline during last December’s floods. The exhibition will also provide a temporary home for Jorvik’s team of historic-costumed interpreters, who will share their knowledge with visitors.
Jorvik: Home & Abroad will run from June 25 until late February 2017, when the artefacts start to return to Jorvik Viking Centre.
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