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Migration stories – then and now

18 November, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm


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.


This event is part of the series How to lose and find yourself in words.
For event information, please contact Sally Bowden at sally.bowden@nottingham.ac.uk.


18 November, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm


Nottingham Central Library
Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 6HP United Kingdom


Event Partners
Nottingham Library Service
Image Copyright
Jo Rutherford Photography, Bracelet (c) Adam Parsons
Accessibility Information
Nottingham Central Library is a short distance from the Market square tram stop. For those arriving by car there is no parking available at the library. The nearest car parks are situated just off Mount St (NCP) and Upper Parliament St (Euro Car Park). Information on other parking options is available at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/parking. By Bus: Situated just a short walk from Old Market Square, the library is well served by NCT and Trent Barton buses. From your bus stop follow signs to Old Market Square and then look for Angel Row to the North West corner of the Square.
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