Ingólfshátíð – Viking Festival Reykjavík 2020

Today I was invited to observe the Icelandic reenactment society, Einherjar, Víkingafélag í Reykjavík in as they displayed some viking loot at their headquarters in Nauthólfsvík, Iceland. This included impressive weapons, some specifically designed for the youngest Vikings, helmets, knives, axes and more. I saw crafts, such as nalbinding and in the evening I had the pleasure of observing a blót, led by the seiðgoði Tómas V. Albertsson.

Below are some images taken during the day. Enjoy.

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The Whitehead Girl and the Viking Symbol of Mystery

In spite of what you may have heard from “mainstream academia”, there have been found not one, but TWO Viking rune stones in Alberta. I have it on good authority from world-renowned super sleuths, so you can trust my sources. The first stone was the evil Horkel stone, named after

“a Danish Viking called Horkel, who settled in Greenland with the expedition of Lief the Lucky. […] The stone had been cursed for centuries before by a Saxon priest when one of Horkel’s ancestors stole it from him. Its evil history was so well known that Lief made Horkel and his followers go in a different ship, and even settle farther up the fiord than any of the other families. […] Lief and his men left Greenland, but they didn’t take Horkel’s group along. Nobody every saw that stone again. Until, a few years ago an Indian found a tablet bearing strange characters near the base of Alexandra Falls, on the Hay River, up in the Northwestern Territories. The characters where thought to be runic and they were translated. There’s been a lot of disagreement over whether or not the stone is authentic, but one thing is sure – it has brought terrible misfortune to all people who owned it. […] Like mysterious deaths, and fires, and accidents.”

The second stone was found in 1963 by a French-Canadian tracker called Pierre ‘Caribou’ Caron, who found a stone bearing Viking symbols near the shore of Great Slave Lake. When a representative of the London Museum came to buy it off him, he and Caribou were attacked and the stone stolen.

I was dismayed to find no traces of these important finds while researching the new temporary Viking exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM), Alberta, Canada for my upcoming book project. In fact, none of the staff seemed to know about these artefacts at all. You may well ask yourself how such a grand oversight may have occurred. Well, all I can say is that the museum needs to contact the original sleuths right away and ask how they solved the mystery of the Alberta Viking Rune stone. The museum might gain a few new objects for their collection.

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How to make Necropants.

A couple of years ago I wrote a short article for ICME’s Halloween special newsletter, where I discussed the infamous necropants at the The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery
and Witchcraft. I recently came across it again and thought it could be of interest to some. You can read it here on page 6.

Images in article courtesy of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft

Enjoy.

Sleepless in Reykjavík: Don’t need reason, don’t need rhyme.

Having seen various articles recently about the destructive aspects of academia around the world, I felt it was time for a quick update on my own experiences in this field and the pressures it entails. Enjoy, disagree or ask me questions. I’m open to all comments.

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Publication: Remembering Elee Kirk

It is with infinite pleasure that I announce this special edition of Museum and Society finally published. It’s been a lot of work, but all done with great pleasure to honor the work and spirit of Elee Kirk. I’m so proud of this journal, my co-editors and authors. It is my hope that the progressive and accessible article in this edition will inspire academics and museum professionals alike when creating content for you children in museums.

 

I would like to thank Jim, Jenny and the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester for their assistance and trust, my co-editors, Julia Petrov and Helen Saunderson for an excellent collaboration (we are a fierce team indeed) and our authors for their hard work.

 

Please enjoy.

Publication: A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage

There is a publication date for A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage the new Leicester Reader in Museum Studies co-edited by Sheila Watson, Katy Bunning and Amy Barnes. According to the website, the book will come out 15. October 2018. My chapter is called “We come from the land of the ice and snow: Icelandic heritage and its usage in present day society” (note, there are several factual errors on the official Routledge page, including which chapters belong to which author). The image on the title page is also taken by me.

My chapter explores the use of Viking heritage tourism and society in post-economic crash Iceland. Order your copy now.

Baby You can Drive My Car…To My Museum: Sir Paul McCartney visits his family home, Forthlin Road.

I just did a guest blog for The Thing House, you can check it out here.  I recommend you all follow their work as they provide a wonderful and unique perspective into museums. Because of slightly different formats of their web-page, I have a little extra information for you below:

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