About the project
The Birmingham Vikings set up a Saxon Village in the grounds of Bells Farm and invited local people and pupils from local schools to come and experience the arts and crafts of Saxon times and get a taste of life in the tenth century.
The first event providing activities for nearly thirty children from Bells Farm School was organised on the 19th of May 1997 as part of the project launch.
Groups of about five youngsters rotated round the bases for Leather work, Woodwork, Blacksmithing, Pottery, Netmaking, Ringmaking, Calligraphy, Spinning and Weaving.
Textiles workshops demonstated the making of historical costume and the amazing embroidery skills of the tenth century people.
Outdoors visitors young and old took part in a wide range of craft workshops and demonstrations.