Tullie House has been awarded funding of just over £50,000 from DCMS/Wolfson Foundation for an exciting and rare new display – Vikings Revealed.
Vikings Revealed will have at its heart artefacts, interpretation and microscopic analysis of the finds from the Viking cemetery at Cumwhitton, near Carlisle.
The display will follow the archaeological process of the Cumwhitton cemetery from its discovery in 2004 throughout the 10 year conservation and forensic investigation process undertaken by English Heritage and Oxford Archaeology North until 2014. It will allow national and international visitors for the very first time to see the results of the forensic investigation and processes used to identify the six graves. This will help visitors understand the importance of Cumwhitton cemetery as the first Viking burial site to be excavated in the 21st Century and one of the few sites nationally discovered with female burial remains. Visitors will also learn about the grave goods, the assumptions made about the six individuals and crucially the role of women in Viking society.
Vikings Revealed will include finds and, where original finds are too fragile for public display, replica’s from the Cumwhitton cemetery. Genuine artefacts from Cumwhitton will be interpreted and contrasted with items from the Tullie House collections with emphasis on material from pagan graves at Hesket, Ormside and Beacon Hill, Aspatria. Themes that will be explored through the exhibition include burial rites, the origins of Viking people, the role of women in Viking society and the Viking community in Cumbria.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“The Government is committed to supporting the arts and making sure our marvelous museums and inspiring galleries continue to be accessible to all. Thanks to the generosity of the Wolfson Foundation our cultural destinations in communities across the country are going from strength to strength and remain much loved places to visit and explore.
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said:
"This partnership between the Wolfson Foundation and DCMS is an exemplar of how a charity and government can work together. We are delighted to be funding so many wonderful projects across the length and breadth of the country. The country's museums and galleries continue to be an inspiration."
Tim Padley, Curator of Archaeology at Tullie House said:
“Vikings Revealed gives Tullie House a great opportunity to display new material that was discovered as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as well as reinvigorating our existing collections to give a wider picture of the Vikings in Cumbria.”
Vikings Revealed opens to the public in February 2016 and coincides with the publication of the excavation’s full research findings and the return of the finds to museum.
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