Over Easter, Wychwood take over the recreated Viking Village at Murton Park Museum of Farming, outside York. We spend the week looking after the village, chatting to the public, sleeping in authentic buildings, eating authentic food, fighting and drinking.
Murton Park's Danelaw Dark Age Village is a beautiful location. It has over a dozen recreated Viking houses, in various styles. And, unlike places like West Stow, it gives off a real feel that this is actually a place where people live rather than just a museum.
Wychwood invented a story about the village. We say the village was originally a Saxon farmstead called Mortun. This farmstead was conquered by a group of invading Vikings retiring from the wars against Alfred, who renamed the farmstead after their hersir, Hauk.
Most of the time in Hauksby people are working on some form of crafts. Some people sew clothes, others make tablet-woven braid to decorate their clothes, others dye material or knit string ("lucetting"). Other people might be working with wood- either preparing firewood, or creating wooden objects for us to use. Still others may be making chainmail armour, stitching leather shoes, or all sorts of other activities.
Or course, some people are lazy. And don't spend their time doing useful work, but instead waste their days playing games. Hauk and his brother are often to be found encouraging people to gamble with them on dice games, whilst others prefer playing tafl games- the Viking board games.
All this gaming and chatting is very hungry work. And so one of the major uses of people's time is preparing food. We normally start the day with a simple spread: bread, cheese, cured meat. For supper we have stews (beans, vegetables, nettles and other tasty things) or meat cooked over the open fire, washed down with mead, cider & ales.
The peace between the Vikings and Saxons was uneasy at best, so we do lots of weapons training. Wychwood have regular battle practices anyway, but it is fun to fight with such a lovely backdrop!
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