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.

J Hindmarsh