Vik­ing in­va­sion at the school

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MARK PEARSON

CHIL­DREN went back in time to find out what life was like in Whit­tle­sey in the ninth cen­tury.

Young­sters from Al­der­man Ja­cobs Pri­mary School dressed in Vik­ing cloth­ing and even had a tra­di­tional feast.

Pupils were taken through as­pects of Vik­ing life by lo­cal re-en­act­ment ex­perts Clan Wulfhar, who are based in Peter­bor­ough.

The group are well es­tab­lished and con­cen­trate on pro­vid­ing an au­then­tic re-en­act­ment of the Vik­ing way of life through demon­stra­tions of com­bat.

As well as the prac­ti­cal side, there was also a chance to look at the ‘liv­ing his­tory’ dis­play, which in­cluded a va­ri­ety of Dark Age tents, a cook­ing area, and an ar­moury.

Year 6 pupils Kia Brett and Es­ther Carter wrote a joint re­port about their day. They said: “Firstly, we learnt about weaponry, shields and war with Sig­mund the fight­ing Vik­ing.

“There were many types of deadly weapons like the gram sword (our favourite weapon), the Ir­ish spear, the heavy axes and the enor­mous bow and ar­row which was six-foot long. This was ev­ery­one’s favourite room.

“Se­condly, we went into the myths and ru­ins room where we heard a well told story which in­cluded gods, giants and far away lands.

“The last room we went in was the house­hold and food room. We saw what hand picked fruit, veg­eta­bles and leaves were used and eaten in dif­fer­ent ways.

“This talk was with Queen Olait and her daugh­ter Vekie. We also saw what rich and poor fam­i­lies had in those times. It was very en­joy­able.”

To find out more about Clan Wulfhar visit www.peter­bor­ough-vik­

Al­der­man Ja­cobs is also host­ing a spe­cial ex­hibiton to mark the school’s 50th an­niver­sary.

Mem­o­ries and arte­facts from the 1960s will be on dis­play in­side Whit­tle­sey Mu­seum from Fri­day.

The Mayor of Whit­tle­sey, Cllr Derek Steb­bing, will of­fi­cial open the ex­hi­bi­tion at 2pm and mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to go along.

It will then be open on June 28 from 9am to 11am; July 7 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm; July 13 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm on July 20.

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