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Reimagining JORVIK-The Middleton Cross

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Reimagining JORVIK-The Middleton Cross

David Scott By David Scott

We are reimagining the JORVIK Viking Centre after the recent flooding; bringing together our own artefacts with iconic Viking objects from across Britain including a replica of the Middleton Cross.

York Delivery stage

pledged of £9,536

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Working with St Andrew's Church, Middleton in Ryedale & the Minster Stoneyard, York, we are creating an exact carved stone copy of the Viking-age cross from the church of St Andrew for display in the new exhibitions at JORVIK.The original was carved in England's Viking era, at some point after the Kingdom of Northumbria was settled by Vikings in 876, & was probably commissioned by wealthy locals to commemorate one of their dead. The cross shows an armed warrior figure, which experts think may be a portrait of the Viking that it commemorates, alongside a monstrous beast & complex interlace. The figure has a helmet, spear, shield, axe & two swords. This stone carving has become an iconic figure in representations of the Viking era in England, featuring in major exhibitions & publications around the world. Now we are hoping to recreate the stone for display in the world famous JORVIK Viking Centre where it will be seen & enjoyed by millions of new visitors in years to come.

What we'll deliver:

  • Carve a copy of the Middleton Cross working with the Minster Stoneyard
  • Install the cross in the new displays at JORVIK when we reopen in Spring 2017
  • Initially display the cross at York Minster in our exhibition: Jorvik - Treasures and Belief, from July 2016.

Why it's a great idea:

The cross is an iconic piece of beautifully carved stonework and one of only a small number of pieces of artwork actually created in the Viking-age in England to show a figure of a Viking in full battle armour. We want to create an exact copy of the stone so that we can bring it to a much wider audience at JORVIK when we reopen in Spring 2017 and use it to help us bring alive the fascinating Viking Age heritage of Northern Britain.

Steps to get it done:

  • August 1st 2016 - Exhibition 'Jorvik - Treasures and Beliefs' - opens at York Minster
  • February 2017 - Install Cross at JORVIK
  • July 2016 - Stone carving of Middleton Cross completed
  • Spring 2017 - JORVIK reopens

This project is only one part of our much larger fund raising campaign - 'Campaign Canute' which is aiming to raise a total of £1.5 million to help us reimagine the JORVIK Viking Centre for the 21st century, following the devastating flood at Christmas 2015. To find out more, help us fund more of this important project and to get involved go to

Location York

About the space

JORVIK Viking Centre, Coppergate, York


City of York Council

How will the money be spent?Total £9,535

Stone carving - £8,600 (90%)
Other - £935 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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Stone carving
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £9,535

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