I recently had the pleasure, privilege and challenge of delivering 2 sessions at a Welsh primary school about the Viking period. We organised the sessions around creating a rich furnished inhumation grave and discussing the choices of items selected to be interred with the dead.

I did this with the help of Viking-period reproduction items acquired by my Department and made by Blueaxe Reproductions.

In response, I was delighted to receive some ‘thank you’ letters from some of the year 2/3 pupils: 13 in total. I struggled with some of the runic transcriptions, but I got the clear gist that they were saying ‘thank you’ for my efforts (and I confess that the messages might be confused more by my poor transcription as their original compositions!): e.g.

HELLO HOWARD, THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR SKKOOL, FROM ONUIHR

TO HOWARD FROM IOLO THTNK ROU

DEAR HOWARD, THANK YOU FOR KOMING TO YRS SGYCOOLL, ENIE

They also used Viking-themed paper to compose their runic messages, plus some fabulous drawings of Vikings and Viking-period graves, including at least one ‘female warrior’ grave! And are those a horned helmet or alien antennae?

Great feedback for my first foray into a primary school.