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Migration stories – then and now
18 November, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:45 pmFree
Come along to explore and create stories about migrants to the East Midlands from over a thousand years ago. Men, women and children from Scandinavia settled across the region in the Viking Age (AD 750-1100). Once here, the new residents engaged and interacted with existing communities in farming and trade, while maintaining aspects of their own culture such as language, dress and religion. Today their traces can be seen in the place-names of the East Midlands, and in the objects they brought with them and used here that survive until today.
This workshop will feature replica objects used by Viking Age migrants in the East Midlands, including both jewellery and practical items of everyday use. Under the guidance of Viking experts, participants will handle and study these items, and learn about their histories. Thinking about the lives of the Viking migrants in the light of their own experiences, participants will get creative! With the support of creative writers, participants will develop short stories, poems and plays which weave together the experiences of past and present migrants.