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Who were the vikings?

Battlefield & Military History

Walks & Talks 2013 Explore JORVIK’s new summer exhibition and discover what made a Viking hero - was it bravery, political ability or a spirit of adventure? Visit this summer and find out.

www.vikingheroes.co.uk FREE admission with your JORVIK ticket

All events correct a time of press. The Organisers reserve the right to alter or withdraw events.

York Archaeological Trust is a registered charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846)


JULY Marston Moor: For the Liberties of All England! Sunday 7th July | 10:30 | WALK

Meet at the monument on Long Marston/Tockwith Road YO26 7PL £4 adults, £3 conc Join our resident musketeer, Battlefield Historian Russell Marwood on a visit to this most English of Civil War battle sites. Although the landscape has seen many changes in the intervening 369 years, today’s farming methods have preserved much of the battleground topography thus giving a fair representation of the landscape all those years ago. The walk on 7th July is a pre-cursor for the annual Memorial March undertaken by the Sealed Knot re-enactment Society. The parade leaves Long Marston at 2.30pm and halts at the memorial for a short service before continuing on to Tockwith. All are welcome to attend. Please wear appropriate footwear and be aware that you will be required to walk along unsurfaced roads and tracks. This walk takes place on private land so please be aware that farming machinery is in use and take care not to obstruct gates and access points with vehicles. Please follow the walk leader’s guidance. Unfortunately dogs will not be allowed on this walk. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

The Battles of Myton Moor & Boroughbridge: Mayor, Mitre & Massacre Sunday 14th July | 14:30 | WALK

Meet opposite the Black Bull Inn, Boroughbridge YO51 9NR £4 adults, £3 conc Situated on the west bank of the River Swale, this secluded landscape has a feeling of remoteness which makes it an ideal location for a battlefield walk. Today the area has been totally transformed as the floodplain meadows have been drained and the whole landscape enclosed by hedges. Come along for a pleasant stroll to explore the area thought to have been the location for the confrontation between a Scottish army, fresh from their Bannockburn victory and an English army, led by York’s Archbishop and Mayor in 1319. Afterwards, visit the site of the 1322 Battle of Boroughbridge where the Earl of Hereford met an untimely end and the longbow played its first big part against the mounted knight on English soil. Please be aware that you will be required to drive to a further location before the tour begins. The Myton part of the tour will be a 2.3 mile walk along grassed tracks and cultivated farmland; please wear appropriate footwear. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Malton: Derventio & Beyond!

Monday 15th July | 19:00 | WALK

Meet outside the main entrance of The Old Lodge hotel, Old Maltongate, Malton YO17 7EG £4 adult, £3 conc For this walk team up with Nigel Copsey, Stonemason, Buildings Conservator and Research Associate of the Department of Archaeology at York University, on a stroll through the Roman town of Derventio, or as we know it now, Malton. On your journey you will have a chance to look at the town’s fascinating architectural history, as well as discovering more about Roman forts, medieval castles, and 17th century sieges. Two thousand years of history in 2 hours! Please wear suitable footwear and be aware that the walk takes in grassed areas that may not have been mown for some time. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505


No King, No Crown, No Car Park: The Strange Case of Cromwell’s Head

Wednesday 17th July | 19:45 (doors open 19:15) | TALK Mansion House YO1 9QL £4 adults, £3 conc

Oliver Cromwell’s role in our history is well known. In life, be it Yeoman farmer, soldier or Lord Protector, he was a strong-willed person who was always in control of his destiny. In death he sought peace but he, or at least part of him, was not to rest for over 300 years. This is the strange tale of one man’s head from cradle to grave and its amazing journey from his shoulders to... well, come and hear the amazing story! Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Look to Your Walls: Barbicans, Bars and Broken Bits Friday 19th July | 13:30 | WALK

Depart from Micklegate Bar Museum, York YO1 6JX £4 adults, £3 conc York has proudly sat behind its stone defences since Roman times. To this day, substantial forms of the city’s defences still remain and, indeed, York has more miles of intact wall than any other city in England. So whether you are a local or just visiting our fine city, come along for a walk that stretches back through 2000 years of our history; from its early days as a Roman fort to the role of Micklegate Bar in welcoming visiting monarchs, most recently Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. Occasionally city walls are closed at short notice due to bad weather but the walk will take place using a suitable alternative route in this case. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing and be aware that you will be required to walk up and down a series of steep stone staircases. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Eboracum: Soldiers, Sewers & Saxa Quadrata! Tuesday 30th July | 13:30 | WALK

Meet beside the Constantine statue outside York Minster YO1 7HL £4 adult, £3 conc Join up with York Archaeological Trust’s Field Officer Kurt Hunter-Mann and Battlefield Historian Russell Marwood, on a walk aimed at bringing to life York’s Roman legacy. From its beginnings as a fortress between the banks of the Ouse and the Foss, the small settlement grew to become the leading Roman

military and civilian settlement of the North. During this 90 minute walk Kurt and Russell will shed light on some of the most interesting Roman archaeological discoveries unearthed by York Archaeological Trust over the past 40 years. Visitors are able to obtain entry to York’s Roman Bath Museum for a discounted price of £2 per person on 30th July, payable to the museum, on presentation of their walk ticket. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

The Battle of Byland: Black Douglas, Boulders & Bombers Wednesday 31st July | 18:45 | WALK Meet at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre YO7 2EH £4 adults, £3 conc

Visit the scene of a Scottish victory over the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence; the battlefield’s actual location has been the focus of much debate, so join us as we endeavour to shed some light onto this fascinating story. The walk takes in Sutton Bank and the legendary White Horse of Kilburn so stunning views abound come rain or shine. Please note that the walk is essentially along a well-trodden gravel path but that you will be required to cross busy roads. Please wear appropriate footwear and prepare for rapid weather changes along Sutton Bank. This walk takes place along public rights of way and as such dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead at all times. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

AUGUST Look to Your Walls: Barbicans, Bars and Broken Bits

Thursday 1st August | 13:30 | WALK

Depart from Micklegate Bar Museum, York YO1 6JX £4 adults, £3 conc Please see listing from Friday 18th July for details. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505


Marston Moor: For the Liberties of All England!

Sunday 11th August | 14:30 | WALK

Meet at the monument on Long Marston/Tockwith Road YO26 7PL £4 adults, £3 conc Please see listing for Sunday 7th July for details. Please note. This walk does not include the parade described on 7th July. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

No King, No Crown, No Car Park: The Strange Case of Cromwell’s Head

Tuesday 13th August | 19:45 (doors open 19:30) | TALK Mansion House YO1 9QL £4 adults, £3 conc

Please see listing from Wednesday 17th July for details. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Look to Your Walls: Barbicans, Bars and Broken Bits

Tuesday 20th August | 14:30 | WALK

Depart from Micklegate Bar Museum, York YO1 6JX £4 adults, £3 conc Please see listing from Friday 18th July for details. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

For King or Parliament: Breaches, Battles & Bellybuttons

Wednesday 21st August | 19:30 (doors open 19:00) | TALK York City Council Chambers, near Guildhall YO1 9QL £5 adults, £4 conc

A costumed, hands-on talk on the fashion of a 17th century soldier as well as a run-down on the equipment he would have taken to war and how it all worked. Also told will be the story of Yorkshire during 1644, a momentous year which saw the Siege of York and the Battle of Marston Moor. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505


Scarborough: Castles, Cod & Cavaliers

Thursday 29th August | 14:00 | WALK

Meet outside the main entrance of The Grand Hotel, St Nicholas Cliff YO11 3ET £4 adults, £3 conc Join Trevor Pearson, of the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society and Battlefield Historian Russell Marwood on a stroll along the historic streets and quays of one of Yorkshire’s favourite seaside towns, Scarborough. The town’s very location has made it a staging post for invasion and your guided walk will tell tales of Romans and Vikings, along with more recent incursions into the town - including artillery batteries in churches and its shelling by Kaiser Wilhelm’s battle-fleet. Please wear appropriate footwear and be aware that you will be required to walk long distances up and down steep gradients and stairways. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

SEPTEMBER Battle of Stamford Bridge: Prisoners, Plots & Pies

Sunday 1st September | 10:30 | WALK

Meet at Shallows Car Park, Viking Road, Stamford Bridge YO41 1A £4 adults, £3 conc Tom Wyles of the Stamford Bridge Battlefield Society leads a walk around the established site of the last great Viking battle fought on English soil, shedding light on the myths and legends of the story of this encounter. And then right at the end, a twist in the tale. The plot thickens…! Please wear appropriate footwear and be aware that you will be required to walk along tarmac roads, grassed areas and gravelled pathways which may be wet throughout the year. Also be aware that you will have to drive to a second location for the final part of the tour. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505


Bilbrough: Villages in the Landscape

The Battle of Gate Fulford: Harald, Housecarls & Horses

Meet opposite the Three Hares Inn, Main Street, Bilbrough YO23 3PH £4 adults, £3 conc

Meet opposite the Bay Horse Inn, Fulford YO10 4PN £4 adults, £3 conc

Monday 2nd September | 14:00 | WALK

For this second in a series of two walks we join local historian and archaeologist Roger Weatherill and history enthusiast Fiona Pearson, for a walk around their home village of Bilbrough. Together we shall visit the tomb of one of the English Civil War’s greatest generals, Thomas Fairfax. Bilbrough Manor was built in 1902 for Guy Thomas Fairfax whilst the original manor house, built in 1670, is now a farmhouse. To the west of the village is Ingle Edge hill with its views over to the battlefields of Towton and Marston Moor and close by is a tumulus. Please wear appropriate footwear and be aware that this walk will take place along tarmac lanes, grassed areas and cultivated land. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Look to Your Walls: Barbicans, Bars and Broken Bits

Wednesday 4th September | 14:00 | WALK Depart from Micklegate Bar Museum, York YO1 6JX £4 adults, £3 conc Please see listing from Friday 18th July for details. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

No King, No Crown, No Car Park: The Strange Case of Cromwell’s Head Thursday 5th September | 19:30 | TALK Barley Hall, York YO1 8AR £4 adults, £3 conc

Please see listing from Wednesday 17th July for details. Doors will open at 18:30 and ticket-holders for this talk will have the opportunity to view the Plague, Poverty & Prayer: A Horrible History exhibition beforehand. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Sunday 22nd September | 10:30 | WALK Join Battlefield Historian Russell Marwood for a walk around the alleged site where Hardraada’s Vikings clashed with the men of York in a pre-cursor to the Battle of Stamford Bridge. The outcome of this battle heralded the beginning of the end of the Viking Age in England. Please wear appropriate footwear and be aware that you will be required to walk along tarmac surfaces, gravelled and worn footpaths and that the walk crosses busy roads. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

For King or Parliament: Breaches, Battles & Bellybuttons

Wednesday 25th September | 19:30 | TALK Barley Hall, York YO1 8AR £5 adults, £4 conc

Please see listing from Wednesday 21st July for details. Doors will open at 18:30 and ticket-holders for this talk will have the opportunity to view the Plague, Poverty & Prayer: A Horrible History exhibition beforehand. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Flodden: The Death of the Flower of Scotland Monday 30th September | 19:45 | TALK York City Council Chambers £5 adults, £4 conc

This September marks the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. The battle, a national tragedy, led to the death of 15,000 Scots and English soldiers, 100 noblemen and the Scottish King, James IV. York’s militia was also sent north to play its part in the bloody proceedings and we will be shedding some light on this event which helped shape British and European politics for the next 100 years, culminating with the union of the English and Scottish crowns in 1603. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505


OCTOBER For King or Parliament: Breaches, Battles & Bellybuttons

No King, No Crown, No Car Park: The Strange Case of Cromwell’s Head Tuesday 15th October | 16:00 | TALK Barley Hall, York YO1 8AR £4 adults, £3 conc

Thursday 3rd October | 19:30 (doors open 19:00) | TALK

Please see listing from Wednesday 17th July for details. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Please see listings for Wednesday 21st August for details. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Eboracum: Soldiers, Sewers & Saxa Quadrata!

York City Council Chambers, near Guildhall £5 adults, £4 conc

Look to Your Walls: Barbicans, Bars and Broken Bits

Thursday 10th October | 10:30 | WALK Depart from Micklegate Bar Museum, York YO1 6JX £4 adults, £3 conc Please see listing from Friday 19th July for details. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

The Battle of Towton: Death, Destruction & Dendrochronology Sunday 13th October | 10:30 | WALK

Meet in the car park of the Crooked Billet Inn, Wakefield Road, Saxton, Tadcaster LS24 9QN £4 adults, £3 conc A fitting end to the season of battlefield walks. Come along for an autumnal look around the defining battle site of the 15th century. Archaeological work has told us much about this landscape and Battlefield Historian Russell Marwood, together with friends from the Towton Battlefield Society will take you through the salient points in the story of this historic engagement. Please wear suitable footwear and be aware that the walk is along tarmac roads, uncut grass areas and gravelled tracks. Please also be aware that you will be required to drive to various locations throughout this tour. This walk takes place on public rights of way and as such dogs are welcome on this walk, we ask that you keep them on a lead at all times please. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

Thursday 17th October | 13:30 | WALK

Meet beside the Constantine statue outside York Minster YO1 7HL £4 adult, £3 conc Please see listing from Tuesday 30th July for details. Visitors are able to obtain entry to York’s Roman Bath Museum for a discounted price of £2 per person on 17th October, payable to the museum, on presentation of their walk ticket. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

For King or Parliament: Breaches, Battles & Bellybuttons

Tuesday 22nd October | 19.30 | TALK Barley Hall, York YO1 8AR £5 adults, £4 conc

Please see listing from Wednesday 21st August for details. Pre-booking advised: 01904 615505

All walks, talks and events can be booked through our Reservations Department by phone 01904 615505 or online www.jorvik-viking-centre.com Tickets purchased less than 7 days before an event will not be posted and will be available for collection at the entry point for the event booked. Tickets can be purchased at events depending on availability. Get earlybird discount price deals and keep up to date with all Jorvik Group events and festivals by joining our mailing list online!


Who were the vikings?

Battlefield & Military History

Walks & Talks 2013 Explore JORVIK’s new summer exhibition and discover what made a Viking hero - was it bravery, political ability or a spirit of adventure? Visit this summer and find out.

www.vikingheroes.co.uk FREE admission with your JORVIK ticket

All events correct a time of press. The Organisers reserve the right to alter or withdraw events.

York Archaeological Trust is a registered charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846)


History walks 2013